How can I help my 6yr old sleep through the night?

Christine - posted on 10/19/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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This has been going on since August. She does not have a TV in her room, and stopped listening to music in the spring. She does not have a bedtime snack - only drinks a 6oz glass of warm milk. We do let her watch 1/2 hr of TV after bath but we then say prayers, read two stories, and sing a lullaby before actually turning lights out. We aim to get her to bed by 8 but 50% of the time it is 8:30 or 8:45. She gets up at 6am for school. However, even when we do meet our 8pm goal she still wakes up several times a night and often can't go back to sleep. Last night she was up at 2 and again at 3 - and never fell back to sleep. It isn't good for her - and it isn't good for her dad and I. I am having trouble staying awake driving and at work. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!!

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Christine - posted on 10/19/2012

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She is not scared, isn't hungry, doesn't have to use the bathroom, isn't too hot or too cold. In her own words, she is "just awake".



The warm glass of milk is during her evening cartoon - before we brush teeth, say prayers, etc.



She comes into our room and we take her back to bed, tuck her in and say goodnight.

Last night I was so tired that I let her crawl into bed with us. That was at 2. She woke me up at 3 saying that she still couldn't sleep so I told her that she could read in her bed figuring that she would fall asleep again, but she didn't. She heard my alarm go off at 5 and came in smiling, dressed and ready to take the dog out. (Her am job.)



She does have several stuffed animals that she rotates which one she wants to cuddle with.

Holly - posted on 10/19/2012

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Is she scared? does she have bad dreams? what time is the warm glass of milk? does she have a stuffed animal? what does she do when she wake up? does she come into your room? does she cry?

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