My son will be 4 in April, and has been a challenging sleeper from day one. We finally thought we had it under control when he started sleeping in his own bed and sleeping through the night 6 months ago. Suddenly, that all changed with numerous night-wakings, night terrors and nightmares. He now sleeps on a mattress on our floor, too scared of bad dreams to sleep in his room. The main problem with this situation is that he has recently decided to start waking up around 5:30 in the morning, as opposed to his usual 6;30-7ish. My daughter, who is almost two, likes to sleep a little past this point and, quite frankly, so do my husband and myself. We are trying to encourage our son to get up quietly and go to his room to look at books, play with foam blocks and engage in quiet activities for a little while so the rest of the family can complete the sleeping process. He is resistant, and kicks up a fuss when we ask him to leave the room in the a.m, which wakes up his sister and starts the day.
At nap time, the problem continues. My daughter still naps after lunch, and my son is supposed to spend some quiet time in his room. His quiet time is never very quiet, and he refuses to let me close his door. If I do so, he screams at the top of his lungs for 10 minute stretches. He is very strong willed and, honestly, relentless at times.
I am exhausted. My daughter is teething and waking up at least 6 times a night. Add to that my son's sleep disturbances, his refusal to let anyone sleep past 5:30, and the inability to actually rest at nap time, and you've got one tired and frustrated momma. I've explained to him my need for rest in order to be a patient parent, but that doesn't seem to have much of an impact. Anyone else experience similar issues? I think the majority of his problems arise from insecurity and fear of being alone, but I can only be in so many places at once, and bed is where I need to be at 5:30 a.m.