i honestly feel like a total ass even considering this but i am at the end of my rope. my 4 year old just gives us hell at night. up and down and screaming and kicking and basically waking up the whole house and making everyone miserable. if you have used melatonin does it actually work? have you noticed any side effects?
he does this because he does not want to sleep in his own bed, so we started allowing him to sleep on the couch and that was fine for about a week and now hes pulling the same thing all over again and we are out of places to let him sleep. since he was a baby he has fought his sleep- kicked, screamed, pinched etc. we co-slept and i would rock him to sleep and this was every night for us. i always thought he would grow out of it but obviously that has yet to happen and i just need a way to get him to sleep. we have other children in the house who are kept up, me and my husband are kept up and my husband has work very early in the morning, i am beginning to lose my cool with him pulling this night after night after night. its just not fair.
now i have tried sitting in with him, letting him sleep in other rooms, rocking him (yes i know its stupid at his age but i tried) letting him go to sleep with a movie, i have even tried the walk out and let him cio it out but he is relentless. he will scream for hours upon hours until he passes out from pure exaustion. in the meantime no one else has gotten a good nights sleep. i have talked to his pedi and he says that he is being typical, pushing boundaries etc. he is healthy and will tell you he does this because he just doesnt want to go to sleep.