Sleep-training Trixie this past week has taken a lot of work, and yes, yet another log. For once, this isn’t that outrageous a concept — every how-to sleep book says to keep a log, they just don’t all advise making it web-based. As you might expect, the Sleep Log will soon be added to the site.
Right now we’re just collecting data. We basically had no idea how many hours she slept a day or when she was sleeping. We now have 5 days worth of data and all sorts of trends are becoming clear. For instance she sleeps about 13 hours a day (fantastic), but most of her naps are between 35-40 minutes long (infuriating). This came as a surprise to me, because I was pretty sure she was awake about 22 hours a day. The goal now is to use this data to try to manage her sleep cycles so she doesn’t get so cranky.
Last night was an unexpected treat. Previously she had been sleeping 4 1/2 hours, waking up at 2 or 3 am for a snack, and then sleeping another 4 hours. Last night, however, she slept almost 8 hours. She was extra worn out from a busy Thanksgiving yesterday, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed for a repeat.