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Both My Children (6 and 3) Have Suddenly Started Waking Early

by Lisa
(UK )

My children have both been good sleepers from birth but recently my 3 year old daughter has been either waking up at 5:30am then waking her 6 year old brother up, or waking up in the early hours 2 or 3 am and coming into our bedroom.

She says she can't take sleep and needs us. I can't sleep with her in our bed because she is too fidgety. She also won't go to bed much before 9pm. So I don't feel she is sleeping enough for her age.

She seems OK but can get very emotional and starts crying for no real reason. She also won't eat very well. I am getting very concerned now as she is a very bright child but her behaviour is getting terrible during the day.

My 6 year old being woken up is now struggling at school. I don't understand what has changed within her but I feel something is not right. My husband wonders if she may have separation anxiety but she goes to two child minders during the week, one 2 days and the other 3 days, and she doesn't get upset leaving me.

Just when we leave her on the naughty step on her own she absolutely goes mad. If she is in a room and the TV is on she's fine.

I am concerned that lack of sleep is really impacting her behaviour. She used to be a good child, very loving and good. Now she is rude and bratty and does look tired but she just seems to fight it all the time.

I am at a loss of what to do and I am concerned for both my children not getting enough sleep. My 6 year old has never been dry at night either and that is another problem we have. Any advise is greatly received thank you. Worried Mum.

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Nov 22, 2017
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by: Anonymous

I'm a father of 2 girls also 6 and 3 . My 3 year old does the same thing . I watch them closely, and I noticed a huge change in behavior when school started for my 6 year old. They were stuck together every day all day for the entire summer , never left each others side. An now her big sister has to go to school everyday while she attends daycare.. my youngest has definitely changed since then and has actually gotten quite mean since the older sister started school.. she gets real upset every morning when they have to part ways , it's heartbreaking to have to watch...
Anyways , I'm almost positive that your husband is right, it's some kind of separation anxiety as it seems you guys might be in the same situation...

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