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Hoagies' Blog Hop: Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams. Do your gifted kids struggle with getting to sleep? Staying asleep? Does your infant or toddler spend more hours awake than you do? Many parents find that gifted kids sleep far less than their same-age counterparts. And yet, a few gifted parents report their kids sleep more than average, and seem to require more hours of sleep than the nighttime allows. Any of these issues can make us feel alone, and often make us feel exhausted! What's worked?

And what about Gifted Adults' sleep? Join us to read lots more sleepy ideas!

Don't miss our previous Blog Hops, including Overexcitabilities (OEs), and Asking for Help.

To read all our past Blog Hops or join our next Blog Hop, visit Blog Hops for our past and future topics.  Special thanks to Pamela S. Ryan for our striking Blog Hop graphics!

Finding Sweet Dreams in Elderhood by Joy Navan, ongiftedelders
Just like gifted children and adolescents, gifted adults and elders can experience frequent difficulty both falling asleep or sustaining sleep through the night. Gifted elders may experience other difficulties as well, due to cognitive changes in elderhood or for other reasons.

In this blog, review some of my past findings as well as offer suggestions to elders and their caretakers for enhancing the quality of sleep. Additionally, I invite my readers to post effective techniques that they find enhance their sleep habits as well...
Dark Nights and Sleeplessness: A Shadow Side to Giftedness by Gift-Ed Connections
I have had a number of students who are gifted identify that a lack of sleep has impacted their ability to cope emotionally to the stress of the classroom, reporting having thoughts that would not let them sleep. My heart aches for those whose imagination and emotional sensitivities render them particularly vulnerable when the hurts of the day run away the dark side of the imagination at night. Are gifted students more prone to this struggle?
Sweet Dreams Are Not Made of These by Adventures of Hahn Academy
People donít always tell you that some babies, toddlers, or children are not good sleepers. Oh, you will get that passing comment about sleep-deprived newbie parents. However, even the prenatal classes make no mention of possible sleep issues or prepare you for the reality of sleep deprivation. Yet, there are tons of books, alleged sleep gurus, and general advice on sleep problems and sleep training. But, when you are in the midst of it, you feel all alone and completely sleep deprived. Honestly, very few babies sleep through the night! Parents should not expect that so they can be realistic on sleep expectations. That being said, we know our child was an outlier on horrible sleep. Hopefully, your child is better or that your future child will not be this difficult...
I love sleep. And caffeine. And wine. by Jen Merrill, Laughing at Chaos
Because, dear lord, I run on caffeine these days. Actually, Iíve run on caffeine for the better part of 16+ years, which just so happens to coincide with the blessed arrival of THE CHILD WHO NEVER FREAKING SLEPT. Four years ago (to the day Iím writing this) I wrote about the perverse and delicious glee I took in waking Andy. Sadly, I donít get to indulge in the pleasure of waking him these days, as he has a wicked loud and intense alarm clock to do my dirty work. I do kinda miss it, but not enough to return to making his monkey fling poo. At some point he and Jack need to learn to get their own butts out of bed and moving, and that point was several months ago when school started.

But me? I am not a morning person and I rail against the injustice of the clock...
AíS, BíS, and ZZZíS: Sleep and the Middle- and High-School Brain by Nancy De Bellis, The Grayson School
As a nation, we have a reputation for being DO-ers. We invent, we discover, we create, and above all, we WORK. We have longer work days and work weeks and less vacation than most other nations, and less generous sick leave and family leave policies. And now that technology has opened up 24/7/365 connectedness and productivity, our culture increasingly communicates that we should be working ó doing something ó nearly all the time.

While this culture of work is generally an adult world, the model we have created for ourselves as adults filters down to and informs the culture we have created for our children, as well, both directly and indirectly. Our schedules very directly impact theirs, of course; parents must juggle work schedules with school schedules, often multiple school schedules, to manage the logistics of everyday life. Indirectly, we communicate to our children what is important in life ó and that seems to most frequently focus on work and achievement and productivity and accomplishments. While we undoubtedly also reflect many other values to our children, there is one important part of life that largely goes unnoticed and not discussed, particularly as our children get older: sleep...
Infant Sleep - the experts never met your baby by Heather in WonderSchooling
The world of parenting books makes it look like it's all up to the parent to help a child sleep, develop a schedule, and then the rest is happily ever after.

They're lying.

Truth be told, the majority of babies who are given even moderate support (healthy habits) from their caregivers develop pretty good sleep rhythms, and then there are the outliers. The colicky babies. The reflux queens. The never sleepers. The endless nursers. The must-be-held-ers.

They're hard...
What is this "sleep" thing of which you speak? by Heather, The Fringy Bit
You know those parents who gently lift their sleeping child from the car, drape their ragdoll deep-sleeping child over their arms and quietly transfer them, still asleep, into warm and cozy beds? Yeah, I kinda hate them a little. OK. Maybe thatís too strong. I am just extremely jealous. Never, ever has that been my experience in 12 years and 3 children of parenting...

To read all our past Blog Hops or join our next Blog Hop, visit Blog Hops for our past and future topics.  Special thanks to Pamela S. Ryan for our striking Blog Hop graphics!

Updated December 01, 2020

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