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  1. Emily DeJeu says:

    @ Rachel — So sad to hear about your friend’s situation! It’s especially sad because people so often accept night waking like that as “normal” and figure they have to endure it, when really, there are solutions out there.

  2. Rachel says:

    I’m so glad you addressed this issue. People often underestimate the power that sleep deprivation can have on relationships.

    Recently I’ve had a friend get divorced and she said that the thing that made things go from mediocre to unbearable in their marriage was their second child. He is difficult all round (and I think a lot of his daily crankiness and tantruming can be contributed to sleep deprivation) but the thing that really stressed her and her ex husband was his sleeping. Even now at 4 year of age he is up on and off throughout the night, keeps the family up, and only falls asleep at night after hours of protest screaming (and this is next to them). Talk about stressful.

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