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DS 5.9 can no longer get to sleep due to a)thinking about sad stuff and b)monsters. Can anyone offer any advice?

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HoHoHopeForTheBest Thu 06-Dec-12 21:03:09

He has always been a really good sleeper, no problems at all.

He now cannot fall asleep - he goes to bed around 7.30/8.00 and he is not asleep before 9.30 or even 10, and that's from exhaustion.
He is scared of monsters in his room, but that is sort of an ongoing thing which he has solved by pulling the covers over his head.
The other stuff is much harder to deal with - he lies there thinking about things which upset him and then, of course, he can't get to sleep.

I've tried: warm bath / warm drink / story before bed, listening to cd story in bed, night light in his room, staying with him in his room, bringing him into our bed, going to bed later....nothing has made any difference.

He's sleeping later in the mornings because, obviously, he needs the sleep. But this is not really a good solution as it means he's missing out on stuff at kindergarten and basically our whole day is starting much later.

I really need to find a way to help him "switch off" when he goes to bed, rather than start thinking about things.

This has been going on for a good 3 weeks now. Does anyone have any ideas? I'd be really, really grateful for anything!

Timeforabiscuit Sat 29-Dec-12 22:23:31

Going through this with dd who is 5, got desperate and said "oh you'll need a bad dream catcher"and she is currently sleeping with a slotted serving spoon (that way it lets the good dreams through)blush
It worked tho grin

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