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My 6 Year Old Son Can't Get To Sleep

by Natasha
(England)

My 6 year old is struggling to fall asleep night after night. The school nurse suggested putting him to bed earlier (7pm) and making sure that he has calm time before bed. It hasn't worked.


He typically falls asleep at 10pm. He says he can't help it. His eyes are wide open and you can see his brain working through his eyes! I have tried no tv, calm tv, kids relaxation cds, calm story before bed ... and so it continues.

He is tired in the mornings and has terrible frustration temper tantrums. He has been having these for years and can become violent. Kicking and punching his older siblings.

In the morning he says he hasn't slept all night! I know that he has had some sleep. Occasionally he comes into our room in the early hours due to nightmares etc. and we send him back to his room.

I am completely exhausted and cannot carry on like this. I'm thinking of going to my GP to ask for some sleeping medicine for him. I'm not sure they will even prescribe this for a 6 yr old.

At school they are concerned by how quiet he is. Obviously his body is possessed by another child during school hours!

He also won't eat proper hot meals with the rest of the family.

I'm so tired...

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Feb 16, 2016
You just described my child NEW
by: Britt

You have just described my little boy! He's been this way since he was a baby. He's now six years old. Nap time and bed times have always been a struggle. I thought maybe every kid was like this and other parents were just better at handling it than I was. But Then I has baby number 2. AND HE SLEPT! From the first day I brought him home from the hospital, he slept beautifully!

For years we gave my six year old melatonin in the form of tablets. It's the hormone in the body that is naturally created and signals us to go to sleep. Obviously my son wasn't making any of his OWN! So I thought this was the answer. And for a while it was. His doctor agreed with it and said it was fine and so we continued. But my mother in law sent us an article about how it's NOT GOOD especially for kids...So we stopped this last week.

Needless to say, it's been hell! He's up for hours! And then, like your child, says he didn't sleep at all that night. So here I am surfing the internet for answers. So far I have found this page and also stumbled across a weighted blanket as a possibility. (I want one!) I read they are very therapeutic for a number of things including a better nights rest.

So with that idea in mind and making a mental note to now call his doctor to talk about a possible sleep disorder...that's what I've got. He does snore at night and I have heard him choke...I thought maybe he just was choking on spit or something but now I'm not so sure... Best of luck with you and your little one!

May 16, 2016
Any updates? NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi, your son is very similar to my 7 year old. Was just referred to a neurologist today, and in the past year and a half he has grown 2 centimeters and .4 kilo.


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