Look at the picture and see if you can determine why I don’t sleep well

I shot this picture when I woke up this morning, not feeling very rested. 


This just might be why I don’t sleep very well. 

Assuming you have no idea what this picture is of, allow me to explain. 

The red you see happens to be the shirt I wore to bed last night.  I’m laying on my back and the giant red bump, is Emmett’s head. 

He was trying to snuggle as close to me as he could and he literally climbed underneath my my shirt.  He’s laying on my chest.


Knowing that words would never do this justice, I grabbed my phone off my nightstand, snapped a quick picture.  After that I gave myself an Emmettectomy and tried to go back to sleep. 

Pretty crazy right?

Please tell me I’m not alone?

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5 Comments on "Look at the picture and see if you can determine why I don’t sleep well"

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Kim Gebhardt

I feel like as long as you allow it, it will not only continue but will also get worse. I think ‘no’ might end up being your best friend at this point.

Rob Gorski

This of course is correct. The problem is that it’s not nearly that simple. He’s scared and also experiences relatively extreme separation anxiety.

Honestly, I’m not even aware of him climbing into my bed because I’m so exhausted. I just wake up in the morning and he’s there.

When I’m aware of him, I move him back.

Jimmy Rock
I know you have so much on your plate but I think a real concerted effort to make sleep a priority and to work through these sleep issues would be beneficial for your entire household. With all the challenges that your kids face every day, lack of sleep can only exacerbate them. And as for you, lack of sleep makes you less productive or able to think things through with a clear head. As you say, it’s easier said than done. I’m not discounting the serious sleep issues going on, and the difficulties in trying to get things on the… Read more »

Did emmett ever have night terrors? Just curious my youngest son would go through periods where he would come and sleep in our bed. We would not even realize he was there until you almost rolled over on him. He would do it after going to sleep in his own bed and it was always hard for me to get back to sleep. He had sleep apnea issues as a baby, GERD, ear tubes, and then night terrors and sleep walking episodes. It cycled and was exacerbated when he was stressed or sick.


I understand he’s scared and needs you for comfort. But him under your shirt does not seem safe. What if you rolled over? Please don’t allow that. It’s time you, him and their therapist start talking about some boundaries. You all need to sleep.