How do I get my 6 year old to go to bed on time?

Ruth - posted on 03/11/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )




My 6 year old will go to bed on time but he will still be awake at 10:30pm and gone. I have tried a sleep chart, taking away things he likes doing and i am running out of ideas. Please help


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Firebird - posted on 03/11/2011




Maybe he needs a little back ground noise, like a fan or a white noise machine. Have you asked him why he can't sleep?

Theresa - posted on 03/11/2011




Talk to his doctor about it. My two oldest (as well as myself) have sleep issues. My boys would be awake for a couple hours or more after being put to bed. After talking ith the doc we decided to try some meds. They are both on Seroquel. It has helped a lot. they are both much happier on the meds. They're 15 and 12 now and have been on the meds since about 9 and 6. The dosage has been able to be lowered as they've gotten older, but if they try to go without, they are not able to get to sleep for hours still.

Louise - posted on 03/11/2011




You stick to schedule and that is that. My daughter has wind down time between 7 to 730 and then she has a bath, story and then bed. Sometimes she chunters away for half an hour but then she is asleep. My sons were treated the same and we have not had any major sleeping problems. The problem today is every thing is made to stimulate like game boys and childrens tv, try and choose something that does not wind him up and sit and watch it with him. Anything that does not stimulate is ok. Then let him have his bath and then read to him for 10 minutes or so and then bed. We found that stopping play stations and wii games half an hour before bed got our sons into the right mind to go to sleep. Always stick to the same routine and in time he will learn that you are sticking to this routine and he will train himself to sleep. If he gets out of bed all of the time then tell him off, wind down time is time for drinks and such and he should have a wee at bath time there is no excuse. Children respond well to shedules and it really does work.

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