My 5 year old ds has recently (maybe 3 months ago) started waking up at 4 in the morning. From the beginning I have told him to go back to bed, it's the middle of the night. Sometimes he gets so upset (mostly loud whining) it wakes his brother, then they are both awake. I made the rule that if he wakes up before the clock says 6:30 he has to lay in bed quietly and play with the stuffed animals he brings to bed. That worked for a while, but I know he is staying awake most mornings from sometimes as early as 3. The trouble is, I can see ot starting to cause problems for him. He is very emotional over minor things, he is arguing with his brother a lot more than usual, and a lot of times he gets weepy and irrational at bed time. I have tried adjusting his bedtime both earlier and later and even after two weeks of the new routine it doesn't help. He doesn't get a lot of sugar, he gets plenty of exercise and play time. There haven't been any big changes in the house. The night light he has is not overly bright, I have tried playing soothing music, Tv time is really limited. It almost feels like he is doing it because I don't want him to. I don't know what to try, it is just not like him to fall apart like this. I worry a lot because my husband and I both have people in our families that have Manic depressive disorder. My husbands brother was known for not handling things well as a child, and is Manic depressive. I'm starting to worry this could be the beginning of it for my son. I need some advice please, anything I could try to get him to sleep a little bit longer so he can have a better day again. I know I may be over reacting, but I was wakened at 4 and I'm really concerned for my ds.
on Mar. 6, 2013 at 6:09 AM