My son will be 3 in March and has sleep issues to say the least! I also have a 4 yo daughter and I feel like her sleep is being interupted by his behaviors, they have to share a bedroom and I really think that she would be ok to put to bed but can't b/c of her brother. Basically the problem with him is he won't stay in bed. The bedtime routine is consistent, they get a bath every night, stay up for a little while, I bring them upstairs around 7-7:30, read them books (sometimes this is when his hyperness starts and he wont listen to the stories) then I tuck them both in and shut out the lights and go downstairs. As soon as I am on the last step I already hear him jump out of bed and start running! At this point he is off the wall hyper! he runs around, jumps on his sisters bed, she starts yelling at him and pushing him off, sometimes he will fall off her bed and run dowstairs saying "Da pushed me!" I bring him back up tell him to stay in bed, try rocking him, think i have him settled down put him in bed and then it starts all over again! in the end (usually around 9:30) after many many failed atempts by both me and my husband, my son will end up coming downstairs for about the10th time and crawling into my lap where he just passes out almost immediatly!
Oh and naps are the same story so that in the end they just dont take naps anymore! I've tried bring back the nap but it doesnt work. I can get my daughter to at least rest on the couch or in her bed with books or a Disney movie but it really seems like my son just cant sit still long enough to allow his body to rest and relax.
Another point worth mentioning is he doesnt sleep throught the night once he is asleep, he ends up in our bed (my daughter does too) and some nights he cries and whimpers in his sleep.
I am starting to think I should make him a drs appt. for this b/c im worried this lack of sleep is going to hinder his growth and development. Just looking for some opinions on this and maybe some advice? thank you :)