I am at a loss here.
My 4.5 yo needs more rest. The problem is this:
If she DOES nap, she doesn't fall asleep until 10pm and will wake up too early the next day.
However if she does NOT nap, she is absolutely miserable from 5pm on. She will go to bed earlier and sleep better but from 5-8pm are horrible for everyone in the house because of her fatigue, fits, and whining.
So it seems we are at a loss. Napping doesn't work well, but neither does NOT napping. Even an earlier bedtime I don't think would work unless it is at 5pm since that is when the horrid mood always starts. We would still have 2 hours of her being unhappy. I hate seeing her so unhappy and not feeling well for the whole evening.
I KNOW she needs more rest, I just don't know how to make it work for her and our family.
FWIW, we have a pretty low sugar diet, we don't do artificial dyes. Lots of whole foods, whole grains, fruits and veggies. We get lots of exercise and playtime. We only watch TV once or twice a week. No video games at hour house. We haven't had any major life changes lately so I am just not sure what is going on here.