DS, 3 1/2, has always been a pretty terrible sleeper. Lately his sleep is actually the best it has ever been. He is now in his own bed, and sleeps from 7:30 until 7 or so without waking up maybe three nights a week. The other nights he may wake briefly once or twice and need re-settling, and often my DH will lie down with him and fall asleep for the rest of the night (since I'm in bed nursing our 3 month old).
All of this we can live with, but about once a week or so, DS will wake up in the night and not be able to go back to sleep for hours. He's trying--he lies there quietly--but just can't fall asleep. Last night he woke up because he was wet (still wears a pull-up at night, and had leaked through) and then wasn't back asleep for 3 hours or so. DH was in bed with him for most of this time. I took a turn trying too, and we took him to the potty and gave him warm milk, but nothing seemed to help. All of this means he is so tired the next day, since he doesn't sleep in and doesn't nap any longer.
Has anyone BTDT? Any thoughts as to what we could do to prevent this, or help him if he does get stuck in a long awake period? I haven't been able to figure out any pattern in the days it happens--I was thinking about keeping a log of food, visitors, outside time, etc to see if I could figure anything out, but I don't know that it will show anything. Yesterday, for example, he had a very normal day--fun but not too much stimulation, lots of exercise outside, a quiet evening, etc, etc, but still this long period of insomnia. Help!