Sleep Easy

For the last few years, The Boy Child has not slept well.
There’s many a night that he can be up out of bed in the middle of the night.
There’s many a night that he can be up out of bed two or three times in the middle of the night.
The pattern is the same.
99% of the time, he trots into our bedroom and fusses until he can get in with us or one of us (usually me) gets out of bed and takes him back to his own bed.
1% of the time, he goes into the bathroom, puts the light on, sits on the loo (seat down) and reads out loud.
LOUDLY.
Until one of us (usually me) gets out of bed and takes him back to his own bed.
And we haven’t even touched on the early morning starts.
The Boy Child considers any time from 5.30 am a good time to begin his day.
We pushed his bed time back half an hour to 8 pm in the hope he would sleep later.
He doesn’t.
Today, I took out the single bed from his room and put in the double from the spare bedroom.

 He seems to like it.

Only time will tell.

18 thoughts on “Sleep Easy

  1. Sympathy on the early starts problem – my lad has always been a v. early riser. Even now, at 15, he's up in the mornings – today it was 6:30. We also had a few problems with late-night waking, though never long-term. I remember the exhaustion of trying to settle him & get back to sleep – and the zombie-ness of the following day(s). I feel for you!
    I do hope TBC's lovely new Big Bed will help him feel settled & comfy.
    We did manage to teach DS to settle himself and play or read quietly… it took perseverance (of course, he'll happily do that now!!). I hope your young man can learn this skill soon – would a “touch lamp”, that you can make brighter or soft light with, be any help? He could have this on low enough to see, without disturbing you – and hopefully it wouldn't keep him awake if he dropped off? Or there are “sunset” lamps that gradually fade and go out – the idea is that it stimulates the pituitary gland to think it's time for sleep.

    Anyway, the new bed is fab and the duvet set is even fabbier! Sweet Dreams TBC – and all of you! X

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  2. Best of luck with it! I'm kind of tickled by the idea of a bit of a read aloud in the middle of the night. I've been tempted myself on occasion 🙂

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  3. Good luck Ruth, I hope it works. I can remember some of the mum's of the children I used to work with saying that it was the constant waking and early morning starts that wore them out more than the unusual behaviour traits.

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  4. Hope it works! Although, I do get up about the same time as him and am often up in the middle of the night. Haven't resorted to reading aloud on the loo yet… :O)

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  5. Best of luck Ruth! I remember my boy waking after a couple of hours sleep but he would scream/cry as soon as I left the room again …. gosh the memory of it now 😦
    Of course it didnt last so persevere & keep telling yourself that he is not in charge, you are!

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