Our 17 year old sleeps with us. We have a queen bed with futon right beside it, and she sleeps on the futon with me starting with her there and scouting back and forth....it's a good system.
Right now, bedtime is pretty good but we are struggling with her getting up early. 5 am. She has always been an early riser. Bedtime starts at 7:30 and she is normally (good days!) asleep by 8. And then awake at 5. When I talk to friend they say "early bedtime, early mornings" but I didn't think that was such an early bedtime? I don't expect her to sleep in, but 6 would be so much more doable that 5. What do you think? Is there any way to achieve that? Later bedtime tends to make her wake even EALIER, though in fairness we haven't tried that in a sustained way. I haven't played around with her bedtime for a while, since it is working well.
Right now, our approach is to not get up 'til 6 - keep things dark, no talking, no playing...."still sleep time". Not much luck yet. Plus, because we EC, she always has to get up to pee when she wakes.
Would love to hear if anybody has any ideas to postpone her wake-up time. Oh, I should say she naps for 2 hours at 1pm. Any thoughts? Are we just stuck with 5am?
thanks for those thoughts! I may try moving nap even a little earlier, and possibly try nudging bedtime back, and see if that helps at all. (actually, I know napping earlier makes sense, it's just trying to fit it in with things, and lunch...) If we have to drive somewhere, or I have her in the bike trailer, she will often fall asleep in the morning, which makes me think she needs a bit more sleep. But she isn't normally cranky at bedtime. Anyway, I'll have a go. And also consider moving MY bedtime earlier. ;)
thanks again, sometimes it just helps to brainstorm.