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My Daughter's Lack Of Sleep Is Affecting Her Behaviour

by Christine

My 6 year old daughter has always struggled to 'go off to sleep', and she can never seem to relax and unwind, She's very active and does many after school activities. We've tried many different approaches to the 'bedtime routine' but nothing seems to have helped. The thing that is worrying us most is her behaviour at home has got quite bad, whether it be towards us ( parents ) or her 4 year old sister, who is now starting to copy her 6 year olds sisters behaviour at bedtime.

Over the past couple of days i've been considering taking her to the doctors for some help as 6 years of this is starting to take its toll on our family, obviously we also want her to be happy and to do well at school, but carrying on like this she isn't going to achieve that.

Thought i'd get some advice on here first. Thank you for your time.

P.S. She will normally go to sleep about 10 and wake up between 6.30-7.30

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