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My Six Year Old Child Wakes Up Every Night And Always Has

by A Jones
(London, UK)

My six year old daughter wakes up every single night. She has always done so. In her short life she has slept through the night only a dozen times.

We have a calm bed time routine which includes reading and she is usually asleep by 8.30pm and wakes at 7.00-7.15am. We maintain this during the week and weekends.

She wakes at least 2 times a night, mostly between 3 and 5 times. She goes back to sleep now, but she has always needed comfort and physical contact with me, her mum, to calm her. When she was a baby we always had the sense she could not 'let go' for sleep. Because of this, we have mostly co-slept to ensure some sleep for all.

We are now despairing as I have not had a full night's sleep in over six years. Her little sister just sleeps and wakes perhaps once if she has dropped her dummy in her sleep.

We eat healthily, watch only little TV and are otherwise a happy family. The sleep deprivation is however now taking its toll.

We have tried letting her sleep with us, on a mattress, scolding, giving incentives and giving magnesium supplements but nothing has changed the constant night wakings. What can we do?

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Oct 17, 2016
Me too. Mine is 4 years old NEW
by: Chantelle

Did you get any feedback on here? We use a grow clock and incentives and while we've seen some improvement, he wakes early and can't get back to sleep. He often calls us in to him during the night. With a 4 month old waking me up too, I'm exhausted.

Any suggestions!? (

Oct 17, 2016
Outcome NEW
by: Anonymous

No, in the end we got no suggestions but the sleeping has been resolved now. Our solution was to let them sleep together in the same bed so they have each other to cuddle. We now miraculously get a full night's sleep practically every night. In the end I think it's a mixture of growing up and the comfort of sleeping with her little sister. They giggle a lot when we leave them at night to fall asleep and they comfort each other.

Hope your sleep issues resolve themselves sooner than they did for us! Good luck!

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