All toddlers are hyper. Also, the more tired a toddler is, the more "hyper" they act. If they get too tired, they won't sleep until they pass out. That's not healthy for him and will drive you insane.
Don't wait for him to get tired and stop playing before nap time or bedtime. Set up a schedule for him that has a quiet activity before naptime - like coloring. Then do a couple of things from his bedtime routine before putting him down for his nap... we read a few stories while we rock. Do the same at bedtime - a quiet activity followed by his bedtime routine and bedtime. His nap should start sometime between 11:30 and 1:30 - it varies by child. Bedtime will probably be between 7 and 8.
When you put him down for his nap, put him down and come back in an hour - if he's asleep, leave him... if he's awake, get him up. When you put him down for bed, leave him until morning and go back only if you think something is wrong.
at 7:50 PM on Jul. 17, 2008