I started taking photos of my younger son, D, whenever I see him sleeping in unexpected or weird places back in 2008 (above photos). I posted them on Facebook for my family and close friends to see (and for posterity’s sake). The folder is, of course, titled “Sleepyhead.”
I upload new photos if there are any, much to the delight of those who can see that album. In the future, my son would probably be embarrassed, but hopefully, he would forgive the whims of a mom who just wants to capture his cuteness.
So far, I’ve never really encountered a confronting comment, although I was asked privately if he had narcolepsy. Thankfully, many reading materials on narcolepsy say the condition typically starts at age 10-30. Our paediatrician also said that it’s but normal for a toddler to sleep off like he does, and to not worry too much.
Also, D does have enough sleep (and already sleeps on his own bed) and naps at noon, but he could really just fall asleep easily, and anywhere. Or it just happened that I also take photos of those episodes readily. Here are a handful of his sleepy moments.
There are many places at home that I would find D asleep. On the floor, on the floor by his bed, on his high-chair, which was quite ok; half of his body on sofa or bed; on his toy car too.
Sometimes, I would be looking for him because you know I believe in the cliché, “Silence is Golden…unless you have kids, then silence is just suspicious…” 😀 Gladly, his silence meant he’s just fallen asleep – somewhere.
I also learned that he often fall asleep in the kindergarten even if it’s not nap time yet. (He started attending the kiga when he was about 2.5 years-old).
Their pedagogue even sent me a photo of him sleeping while they were baking a cake. She was explaining the steps but he just went ahead and bowed down, head on the table, and fell asleep.
C : Coz he’s sleepy, he can’t wait for the food and his head is falling off….so he slept on the plate!
D also seem to not care what time he would fall asleep. I mean, which child would fight off sleep successfully? We’ve seen a lot of those videos of children trying to keep awake but to no avail… Just pure cuteness!
Sometimes, he’d already be dressed, complete with shoes on, as we’re about to leave out…and there he would be – dozed off to dreamland even if it doesn’t look like the most comfy position.
The Weirdest Place
Wonder not where the weirdest place I found D asleep on was…Yes, it’s the potty! It may not only be the weirdest, but the most uncomfortable spot too.
It was the usual looking-for-him-time of the day when I found him there seated, and sleeping. Of course I had to take a photo (I always my phone ready). Snapped a picture and then picked him up to take him to his bed.
He doesn’t remember this of course, but the picture is proof that he did. (Here’s hoping he won’t hate me for posting this here.)
Importance of Sleep
Sleep is when the body replenishes a lot of things: energy, hormones, and also repairs cells and muscles among many other things. That is why sleep is crucial for growing kids, as they are still developing, they need to sleep properly to grow. Lack of sleep in children can throw off their immune system, making them easily susceptible to illnesses.
While C has suffered from bronchitis for some years now, D has overcome it after a few months. I’m not entirely sure if that’s related, as C also gets enough sleep. I could only be thankful that D is ok, health-wise and he’s just getting all the sleep needed for his development.
He’s almost 6 now and I’d probably still take photos of him asleep in the weirdest places, but I’ll surely get him checked again by our doctor. For now, I think he still needs all the sleep he can, regardless where and when.
Sleepyhead : My Child That Sleeps Anywhere – while eating (January 2011)
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