He won't go to sleep - and won't let me sleep either
I feel like I am losing my mind. My son, who will be 10 in November, still needs me to put him to sleep. He has ADHD, ODD and anxiety. I understand he can't turn his brain off and wants me there to soothe him, but this is over the top. Every night he argues about bedtime. Then he wants a snack, then he needs to go to the bathroom, then he wants a story, you get the point. All stall tactics. Once that is all done and he really does try to go to sleep, he needs me right next to him. If he doesn't fall asleep quickly, he gets aggitated. If I dare to leave the room, he will wake himself up and scream for me.
We have treid everything from letting him scream to telling him he can stay up. We have tried giving him various sleep aids, but they never work. This summer has been really horrible. Last night, I finally had enough and left and tried to sleep in my car while my husband handled it. My son refused to go to sleep and once he was convinced to try, cried and screamed for me like he was being tortured. He didn't fall asleep until close to 3am, by which time I was hiding in a spare bedroom. I got maybe 3-4 hours of sleep and am trying to function at work. Our neighbors hate us. I don't blame them. I wouldn't want to be our neighbor.
I loath bedtime and really am resenting him for ruining any time I could have to myself or to spend with my husband. I support my family, so work being affected could potentially ruin our lives. And, I feel like slave to my son and his anxieties, which means I am getting so aggitated that I lose my temper quickly. How do I break the cycle?!?
Any help is appreciated!