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DD waking up too early. What can I do to help her?

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OrmIrian Mon 20-Oct-08 08:12:45

DD is 9. She has always been an early waker but only about an hour before everyone else. Recently it's been much earlier - about 4. She's looking so tired and even her teacher has commented on her lack of energy. She goes to sleep by 8 every night - we can't really manage bedtime much earlier than that and she needs some of the evening to relax I think.

I've suggested that she gets up and goes to the toilet, puts another blanket over her, reads for a while, lies and thinks about happy things, all the usual stuff. But nowt helps. Any ideas? Please.

OrmIrian Mon 20-Oct-08 09:52:15


missingtheaction Mon 20-Oct-08 09:54:43

um just checking 'solve your child's sleep problems' give me a minute...

OrmIrian Mon 20-Oct-08 09:57:06

Thankyou smile

missingtheaction Mon 20-Oct-08 09:59:43

suggests a 9 year old needs 10 hours sleep so sleep at 8 would normally mean wake at 6, not 4

is something waking her up? is she waking and worrying about something?

My dcs have both been through phases of cant-get-to-sleep which is different, and in the end i resorted to herbal tablest. the effect was purely psychological but it seemed to help.

missingtheaction Mon 20-Oct-08 10:02:04

there may be something more profound in Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems which was my bible

OrmIrian Mon 20-Oct-08 11:26:37

Thanks missing.

She tells me there isn't anything worrying her, just that she is so tired. I have recently gone back to work full-time and I can no longer pick the DC up from school. DH is doing this now. DH reckons that all the changes are bothering her.

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