- Feb 6, 2014
Have you already tried a diffuser and lavender? I'd been stubbornly against trying essential oils until DD spent the night with a friend who had one and loved it. It actually seems to help my DD relax and fall asleep to some degree.
(I'm still not nuts about them, but DD can run with it if she wants).
My DD also has a bit of a later circadian rhythm... To bed at 10:30-10:45pm, but rarely falls asleep before 11:15-11:30, and if she has her way, sleeps until at least 10:30am. We finally stopped fighting it a couple of years ago. When we'd send her to bed at 9:00, she'd just lay in bed for hours. (I mean, even as an infant she'd be up until 10:30pm, then sleep through the night until 7am or so).
If it were me, I'd try to get DDs to bed a bit early and let them sleep as late as possible. Is there anything that might help them sleep... Like reading or a lavender bath? Extra activity? Being lazy? I'd also do the minimum required for hair, etc, in the morning while she wakes up, then hop in the car and hope they somehow sleep on the way. Then a light breakfast quick as she walks into the venue... But that's just me. I say that one day of limited sleep shouldn't be too hard on them.
My YDD has a diffuser that spits peppermint essential oils, which is supposed to ward off spiders. She has a legitimate phobia (we lived through arachnophobia, basically), and any spiders we get now all seem to migrate to wherever she is. But I digress. I think I will read them a few extra chapters that night- usually going over two or three starts to lull them. We will also have tv free day (which should be easy since they will have practice for 6 hours), and keep the house warm with low lights. I'm going to make breakfast muffins that they can nibble on between rotations since there are longer breaks in T&T.
I did offer to just not sign them up for this meet, but they shot me down! Ha!