…think again. Whenever I felt frustrated and sad that I had such a challenging sleeper, I would tell myself “It could be worse.” I wasn’t really sure how much worse it could get, but I knew it could. After all, he was 10 times a better sleeper at 4 months old, but far from perfect and we went through many months of up and down sleep. Of the countless parents I’ve helped, there have been very few that seem to have a more challenging baby than mine was…a few close contenders, unfortunately for those parents. I’m sure there are many out there, but NOW, here is a story of a far more challenging sleeper that proves it.
Imagine for a moment that your baby doesn’t sleep at all. No, I don’t mean wakes up ever 2 hours like mine did or yours might. I mean, for 3 years, your baby, then toddler, is up for nearly 24 hours per day.
The extremely rare condition called chiari malformation, is a condition that causes compression on the brain stem where the brain is literally squeezed into the spinal column. One of the symptoms of this condition is sleeplessness. Last year, The Lamb Family went on the news with their 3 year old who didn’t sleep and thankfully, doctors have now solved the problem and their son who wouldn’t sleep is now sleeping through the night! It’s an amazing story. Imagine. This mother barely could even hug her son and now 3 years later, he is now able to sleep all night, has caught up to his peers developmentally and runs in the door for a hug from mom. A very happy ending!
So, when you feel down about your family’s situation, always know that it can be worse. That’s not to say you shouldn’t try to improve your situation, but you might feel some comfort that you aren’t alone and there are probably even other parents worse off than you.