Any ideas??? DS just never stops - zoom, zoom, zoom goes his brain and little body, night and day! He is quite precocious, spirited, intense, active. I have no clue if he's gifted, but thought you guys might be able to help.
He is bright and has always been pretty far advanced in milestones (gross/fine motor and verbal). A few things to give you an idea: alert and responsive since birth, loved books as tiny infant (focused), started speaking around 4 months, using sentences and following two-step directions by a year old, has been walking up and down stairs, jumping, balancing on one foot and stringing small beads for months, amazing memory (for events or stories from several days ago).
At 19 months, he is mostly obsessed with puzzles, matching, sequences (can make his own bowl of cereal and a pot of coffee - including grinding the beans), letters (he knows about half of them, upper and lower with sounds), and now he's recently started trying to spell. He uses at least 200 words and talks constantly - even in his sleep, or as he's falling asleep.
Which brings me to the issue - he just cannot slow down for sleep! If he's in bed, he talks nonstop, or starts shouting out letters in sequence or words. He'll get up and furiously do puzzles, even though he's half-asleep - or demand to do wash or cook (at midnight? um, no). He finally crashed at 1:30 am last night. Skipping naps really isn't an option, because he needs them - he's not getting much sleep overall (only 7 hours at night, plus a 2 hour nap) so I don't want to cut that.
I remember (as a former gifted kid) staying up into the wee hours reading with a flashlight - I've always had trouble winding down for sleep, but I can't think of something that might help him - massages, music, rocking, nursing, recapping his day - none of it seems to help. Reading to him stimulates him (he's pointing out pictures and words and letters).
Anything that worked for your kids? Did they have this problem?