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Last One Asleep, First One Awake

by Connie

My 5yr old son is so "wired" at bedtime and can't seem to relax enough to fall asleep until nearly midnight every night. My husband and I are exhausted with this routine. Our other 5 boys (6-13 yrs) are told its bedtime, they have no problem getting in their beds and falling asleep.

He is the first one awake (6-7AM) and wired to go! He does attend preschool and is the first one asleep at school. Sleeps for about an hour and I have tried to duplicate the music, lighting etc. here at home with no positive results. He won't even stay in his bed. He usually falls asleep on the couch. But even then he is jumpy, squirmy and not relaxed.

Most nights he does wake up in the middle of the night and changes bedrooms. On the days he does not attend school, we forgo the nap and it doesn't seem to help. Any suggestions on what might be causing this? Thank you.

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Feb 01, 2012
Me too! From Missouri
by: Jennifer

Well, if I didnt know it better, I would have thought that I wrote your post. My daughter is almost 4 years old and for as long as I can remember she is the last one asleep, usually by 11:30 if I am lucky. She is awake a couple times a night and is up and ready to go before 6am. I took her to a pediatric chropractor and that helps quite a bit. The doctor told her that since she had a diffcult delivery that she had pressure on her adrenal gland and that was causing her to be so "wired" all the time. I am not a overly holostic but it seems to help. I also took her to The Salt Room in St.Louis and that was helpful also but neither of these things fixed the problems. Hopefully, as she grows up it will get better.

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