OK, I need some help here. I'd love to be TV-free (or at least cut back to VERY minimal TV watching), but our 5 y/o ds is a ridiculously early riser. It doesn't matter what time he goes to sleep, he will be wide awake at 4:30, 5:00 a.m. We've exhausted I think every option anyone throws at us for adjusting his sleep habits, but it never changes. I struggle with insomnia (I've been to two different doctors and nothing, including medications, seems to work). I toss and turn most of the night, and only seem to fall into a deep sleep around 3:30, 4:00. So if I get up with him when he wakes up, I'm running on only an hour or so of genuine sleep. It just doesn't work.
My fallback has been letting ds get up and watch TV while I sleep for another half hour to an hour. I'm in pure survival mode here. I get up but am still exhausted, so I end up letting him watch more tv while I make breakfast and try to wake up. By the time 7 a.m. rolls around, we're already at at least two hours of TV.
I've unplugged the TV in the morning, but it ends up with ds making the house look like a disaster by dragging everything possible out -- pots, pans, toilet paper rolls, toys, you name it.
I'm in desperate need of suggestions here! Anyone have any brilliant ideas of how to contain the mess while I rest? We're still working on the sleep issues for us both, but right now, it seems more likely we can solve the tv/messy house issue rather than the sleeping. I desperately need that extra bit of time to rest or I'll barely be able to get off the couch all day.