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Saturday, 16 January 2021
26. Physically restless when sleeping Print
It was amazing how much our son thrashed, kicked, tossed, and turned while sleeping.  For months the only advice we did not follow from our attachment therapist was co-sleeping.  We tried it in the beginning but the way he slept so violently with me compared to how he slept much more peacefully in his crib made it seem like he slept better there.  But when night terrors and frequent wakings began at 12 months old, I began to co-sleep with him so I was right there to comfort him.  He continued to sleep violently for a couple months and then the more comfortable and attached he became, the less violent he was in his sleep.  We still co-sleep and he sleeps very peacefully and often rolls into my body to cuddle throughout the night.  It's like night and day. (a. 6mo, FC) 
Sits up in bed and throws head back (hard!) onto pillow.  Sometimes moves all night long; especially when he is having more anxious attachment symptoms during the day.  When he’s especially anxious, he’ll violently kick at the covers and scream…usually in his sleep.  (a. 5.5mo, FC)
In China our daughter was very noisy while sleeping in her crib.  I thought it was just the newness of the situation.  But since we have come home and we have a baby monitor on for naps and nighttime that amplifies the tiniest of sounds we can tell she is constantly flipping and flopping in her sleep. (a. 10mo, OR)
My son has generally had difficulty falling asleep.  Before we began co-sleeping with him (at almost 3 years old) when he was sleeping in his crib, we would be able to hear him toss and turn in his crib for an hour or so before finally falling asleep.  Since we started co-sleeping he continues to toss and turn all night long between my husband and me.  (a. 4.5mo, FC)
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