Hello! I can really use advice, my son just turned 3 last month. He never slept well but it's getting worse. He stopped naps around April of last year. He usually slept 10 hrs a night but no longer. It started a few months ago and progressively got worse.
First, it started mild: crying hysterically when put to bed, won't stop unless I stay with him and have a night light on, then waking up early, crying, won't go back to sleep. Then, day by day it's getting worse: Still does the crying but now getting up around the 4am hour crying, will stop crying if I go in but won't go back to sleep, eventually he starts whimper crying to a full out cry until I take him down stairs.
For the last 2 days I got him to go sleep an extra hour by staying on the couch with him so he totaled about 8 1/2 hrs sleep for the day. He refuses to go back to sleep in when he is upstairs. I tried to say with an hour and it didn't work.
I tried: Cry it out: Doesn't work. He cries until he starts to throw up at times.
Going to bed early: Doesn't work Going to bed late: doesn't work Keep in mind he doesn't take naps anymore. He averages 8 1/2 hours of sleep per day the last few days. I don't know if this matters but he is a very poor eater too. We still have him in a crib because of him liking to not stay in bed, but now he is climbing out of it when he gets up during the night so we plan to switch him over to a toddler bed, but I don't know if it's a good idea to do this now because it might be more interruptive.
He has bags under his eyes. I can see he is tired but he won't give in.
Is there any natural supplements I can give him that can help him sleep better, through the night and longer? Thank you