My 1st Grader Has Trouble Falling Asleep

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My son is in first grade and is a bright, active kid. He has a regular bedtime, consistent routine, and sleeps in his own room. I usually read to him for 20-30 minutes at bedtime, then he is allowed to read by himself for 20-30 minutes or so, and we try to have lights out by 8:30 on school nights. There's no TV or video games on school nights, because I think they get him a little wound up. Our problem is, he sometimes takes over an hour to fall asleep! Some nights it's after 9:30 and he's still awake in there! He's only 6, and after a full day of school, then homework, then playing, I'd think he'd be exhausted!

His brothers are both younger and already in bed and are quiet, and my husband and I try to be quiet so as not to disturb him. He's not usually calling for me or leaving his room or even getting out of bed, but he tosses and turns and talks to himself and can't seem to relax and shut his brain off. I've tried playing soft music but he didn't really like that. I've tried letting him read longer, but he'll get really interested in a book and would read until 10 if I let him, so that didn't really have the calming, tiring effect that I was hoping for!

He generally seems adequately rested in the morning, is healthy, and does well in school, so it doesn't seem like he's really getting overtired. But it just seems unfortunate to lie in bed unable to sleep.

He does struggle somewhat with distractibility, and can have a hard time focusing on homework, in particular. He does well in school most of the time, but can be easily distracted at home. I wonder sometime if he's too distracted by his thoughts to settle down to sleep.

Anyone have a similar experience? I'd love to hear if something helped your child. Thanks!


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Constance - posted on 10/14/2011




You can try an herbal tea like sleepytime or nighty night and there are even ones that are a little friendlier for kids. My kids like the taste more. It could help settle him in at night a little sooner.

As far as his attention I would talk to his teacher see if they are hving issues with his attention in school. My kids drive me crazy at home but at school teir teacher have no complaints. I found with mine they behave so well at school that they kinda lose their minds by the time they get home.

Sharlene - posted on 10/14/2011




Hi there sharlene here I just read your story does your little boy keep active does he eat lollies and have a healthy diet I dont probably take him to see your local doctor and see what the dr thinks. All the best

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