My 6 year old has never been a good sleeper, from a baby she has needed one of us to go to sleep and would wake several times each night and need us to go back to sleep, it was never a quick resettle either. This has gone on for 6 years, she has seen doctors, paediatricians, we went to 3 sleep schools when she was younger and had a sleep specialist come out. Nothing has worked. There is nothing medically wrong with her.
Then, earlier this year we had a breakthrough, she was able to get herself off to sleep and if she woke up we would take her back to her bed, give her a quick cuddle and she would go back to sleep by herself. One wake up a night we were in heaven.
It’s all turned on it’s head in the last 6-8 weeks and all that good sleep my dh and I were getting is a distant memory, our daughter is up several times during the night and for hours at a time. She cries if we try and leave her in her room to sleep and loudly which then wakes up our 4 year old son who sleeps very well so the whole house is exhausted. .
She is scared and I don’t know what of, she doesn’t know either really, she says she is scared of having bad dreams but can’t even really tell us what she dreams of.
She hears a tiny noise like the cat moving around the house or a car driving past and she is awake. She bolts down to our bedroom so fast because she is terrified. We have night lights on throughout the house. In her room, she has a nightlight, she has some gentle meditation type music playing to try and block out any noise and I have even added a diffuser with some essential oil to try to help her relax. Last year we tried Melatonin and that did absolutely nothing as well.
We cannot have her sleep in our bed, she is just terrible to sleep with, she tosses and turns, she gets hot and kicks the blankets off everyone it’s just horrible sleep for everyone but her.
So currently I’m resettling my son because her crying and delay tactics have woken him up listening to my husband who is currently pleading with her to go to sleep (she has been up 2.5 hours this time)
If we try and sit with her until she sleeps she will go to sleep but the minute we try and get up to go back to sleep she is awake, we don’t even get out of her room before she wakes she is sleeping so lightly.
She is first year of school and from all accounts from the teacher she has settled very well, she has lots of friends is learning well and happily goes each day.
In the last few months there have been no major changes in our home either.
Help please, the gp we saw last week just suggested everything we are already doing and then said just see how you go. I don’t know what to do next and I’m desperate for sleep as is my husband.
Thank you if you read all of this!
Edited by Lucla, 08 September 2019 - 02:43 AM.