6-year-old with night terrors sleeping alone
My daughter has night terrors and just turned 6 years old in March. I'm trying to figure out how to get her to sleep alone in her own bed. I realize this should have been taken care of long ago... 6 is a little old to start. If you have any ideas, please let me know.
First, a little history... As an infant, she slept with my husband and me. When she was older, she began sleeping in the bed with my son. We found that as long as someone was sleeping next to her, she'd settle down if she had a terror and go back to sleep. If she was alone, she'd run through the house screaming like something was after her. The next morning, she never remembers it happening. Well now my son is 9 and wants a little privacy (not to mention wanting fewer kicks to his back during the night).
The past few nights I've been trying to make her sleep in her own bed to no avail. She loves her room and has a brand new queen-sized bed. The problem is, she can't sleep. She's scared of being alone, so she sits in there wild-eyed, terrified, crying, and continually wakes us up during the night wanting to sleep with us. I tried making her cry herself to sleep, but after 2 hours, I gave in. If I go in there and sit with her, she'll go to sleep, but wake up again an hour or so later.
The first night she went to bed at 9, was up from 10-12 WIDE AWAKE, went back to bed and was up again from 1-3 crying to sleep with us or my son. The second night was a repeat of the first, so my husband finally went into her room to sleep with her. We have tried dream catchers, music, sound waves, a lamp, nighttime routine, etc.
Has anyone had a similar experience? I'm wondering if there really is something that can help that we simply haven't tried, or if we just need to buckle down, stick to our guns and MAKE her get used to it.