7 year old insomniac
OMG. Help? For what seems like the 80 millionth night in a row, it's 11:30 pm and my child is still awake screaming that she can't sleep. We have a consistent daytime routine and a consistent bedtime routine and have for the entirety of her life. The bedtime routine consists of getting ready for bed, reading stories for an hour and another hour of me cuddling with her and then, every night, degrades into her throwing a fit (or otherwise avoiding sleep) for several hours when I leave the room. We used to start this mess at 9. A few months ago I tried starting this at 7, hoping she'd be sleeping by 9. She finally falls asleep every night after midnight. We wake up at 7. Even as a baby, she slept a fraction of the hours others did. Wth??? Any ideas? I asked several docs, all said, "kids that age don't have sleep problems. They just need routine".