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My 4 Year Old Wakes For No Apparent Reason

by S Bielby

My son goes through phases of waking up anywhere between 2 and 4 am and can stay wide awake for up to 3 hours. He doesn't appear to wake up for anything in particular. On occasion he will come into our room but he usually will either lie in his bed talking, laughing and singing at the top of his voice or he will wander around the landing playing or setting up camp.

We have tried putting him to bed early as well as at the normal time of around 7-7:30. We have tried giving him supper in case he was waking because he was hungry. I've given him extra covers so he doesn't wake up cold. Some nights he will take a couple of hours to go sleep but will then sleep till 8, other nights he will wake at 4-5:00am.

I just don't know what is causing his inconsistent sleep pattern. His bedtime routine is always consistent and we have never had a problem with his older brother. He does often wake up grumpy, especially if he has to be woken up for the school run. Please could you give me some idea of what could be causing this problem.

Many thanks!

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