How do I get my 10 year old to sleep later in the morning?

Summer - posted on 06/17/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )




My son is now 10 years old and has been an early riser his whole life. I am polar opposite to him and while getting to sleep can be a real issue for me, once I get to sleep I can stay asleep without real problems, I struggle getting up in the morning though. Until my son was about 2 years old he used to sleep until 8am every morning, then it started getting earlier and earlier untill 6am was standard with him going through phases now and then of much earlier still. It doesn't seem to matter what time he goes to bed, his bed time is currently 8:30 and if it is earlier then he just wakes earlier in the morning. Unfortunately when his bed time is later there still wakes at the same time. At the moment he is getting about 8 1/2 - 9 hours sleep a night as he is currently waking up between 5 and half 5 in the morning, and at his age he should be getting between 10-11 hours a night. None of this would be an issue if the sleep he was getting was enough for him, but I really don't think it is. He has needed extra help at school from the start of his schooling as it is difficult to keep him on topic and he has issues with controlling his temper, sometimes over the smallest things. His memory is really bad sometimes too, forgetting so much that should be easy for him to remember. He is very behind at school, though he seems bright when you talk to him his schooling abilities are all behind, for instance his reading age is around that of a 5 year old. I could be here for days writing it all down! For now I will just add that he is moody and frequently irritable like a sleep deprived teenager! He also frequently looks exhausted. I honestly don't know what to do, I am a single parent and I am finding it really hard to cope with with.


Jodi - posted on 06/18/2012




Have you talked to your doctor about this? I really think you should. The problem may not be inability to stay asleep, that could be a symptom. If you haven't consulted his doctor, that would be my first port of call.


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