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 Six year old sleeping issues

02-08-2012,12:40 PM      
Join Date : Nov 2010
Location : Papakura
Posts : 26

Hi all. 
My six year old boy is having a lot of trouble staying asleep at night.  He generally goes to sleep without any problem, but if he wakes in the night - it takes him a long time to get back to sleep.  He can't tell me why, he actually doesn't think he has even been to sleep at all!  A couple of times he has been awake till midnight and 1am.  So of course, he is getting more and more tired.  I'm at a loss as to what I can do to help him.

He has a night light in his room and just outside his room in the hall.  We leave the toilet light on for anyone who needs to visit the loo in the night.  He normally shares a room with his brother but is now temporarily sleeping on a mattress on the floor of the office which is closer to our bedroom.  I've tried a couple of different herbal sleep aids (drops or oral spray) but nothing seems to help. 

This has been going on for a couple of months now, and although it doesn't happen every night, when it does happen, I just feel hopeless.  My husband thinks he's being naughty but I think he genuinely can't get back to sleep.  I guess my next step will be to take him to the doctor to see what he can suggest, but I just wondered if anyone is having (or has had) the same problem?

  Mum of 3 (2 boys, 1 girl)  
03-08-2012,1:56 PM      
Join Date : Feb 2012
Location : Unspecified
Posts : 127

I have a daughter who is only one but has been a terrible sleeper, I also have always been bad at sleeping. One thing that helped my daughter is valerian herbal drops, I got them much cheaper from overseas and they seemed to help her settle. You may of already tried those. It may be only habit but even if it's only habit it's hard work to break a habit like that. I would suggest going to a homoepathic dr, they can do amazing things to help, otherwise a naturopath or cranial osteopath. All of those help sleeping problems, although I think Homeopathy is the easiest for your child and probably the most effective. Could be worth taking to your GP anyway incase there's something lurking although I'm sure he would tell you if he had sore ears or anything - good luck!
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07-08-2012,1:49 PM      
Join Date : Jul 2011
Location : North Shore
Posts : 2

I also have a six year old with sleeping issues. He can't get to sleep or when does thinks he's not slept at all. We ended up going to the doctor after it being the second year in a row and he was prescribed melatonin which is a herbal circadian rhythm altering medicine. It helps them stay asleep and has helped us get back to a better pattern at night. His problem seems to be an inability to wind down after a really busy at school. In the holidays we always have much less issue with sleeping. I hope you've started to see some improvements, but know you are not the only one.
09-08-2012,1:06 PM      
Join Date : Jan 2010
Location : Avonhead, Christchurch
Posts : 387

Tart cherry juice is great for sleep issues, it will be in your health 2000 or similar stores in the fridges.
09-08-2012,1:18 PM      
Join Date : Nov 2010
Location : Papakura
Posts : 26

Hi and thanks for your replies.  The last couple of nights have been a lot better.  My little boy has woken but pretty much went straight back to sleep without any drama.  I have purchased Sleep Drops for Kids so I will see how they go.  Last night was the first night I used them so I can't say if they helped or not.  But I'll let you know how I go.
  Mum of 3 (2 boys, 1 girl)  
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