I stopped reading parenting magazines years ago, when I realized that my son and my life would never be in them. Instead I have a gazillion and one other subscriptions, courtesy of airline miles that will never add up to a ticket.
This week’s Time Magazine had a quick article on kids and sleep (sadly, must have a subscription to read it online). And again, I am reminded that my son and my life are outliers and will never be seen in a mass-market publication. The article states that elementary-school aged kids should get 10-11 hours a sleep a night. I am going to out on a limb and suggest that this is an average, and the creatures in my house live on the far left of that particular bell curve.
It’s a rare night when the boys get 10-11 hours of sleep. It’s now 10 pm and I know they’re still awake up there. Maybe finally getting drowsy, but there is no sleep up in that room, I guarandamntee it. J has to be dynamited out of bed at 7, A at 7:45 (it’s just best if he stays there until J is out the door). Do the math.
I heard last week about a startling!new!study! that indicated that kids who sleep poorly show ADHD behaviors due to sleep apnea. This is not news folks! I heard the exact same story five or six years ago, which was the catalyst for getting A checked for sleep apnea. And lo and behold! Sleep apnea aplenty in that kid! Tonsils/adenoids/ear tubes all done at the same time, August of 2006. Cured the sleep apnea, did squat for the ADHD behaviors. He went on meds three months later.
Gifted kids just don’t sleep. They don’t! Their minds just can’t slow down long enough to pass out. I know the feeling, happens to me every so often. Nowadays I’m so tired I have little trouble falling asleep…until I can’t. They don’t seem any worse for wear with less sleep; I’m the one who suffers. A little kid-free grownup time would just be awesome.
Anyone else see this with their kids? God help me, it’s only going to get more screwed up as the teen years approach.