Well, my 7yo has been having a lot of trouble sleeping for the past several days. It started when a little girl stayed with us and they stayed awake too long, and my daughter couldn’t sleep even when the other one was out. I gave her some milk and sent her to bed, and she woke up crying again later.
Since then we’ve had more bad nights than good. She lies awake, worrying that she won’t be able to sleep, so of course she can’t, and she gets all upset and freaked out. After a couple of days of her coming out crying several times, we gave her a flashlight and more books than usual and told her just to read until she was sleepy (instead of waking herself up by getting up every half hour). She doesn’t have anything she’s worried about, so we just keep trying to help her relax enough to sleep.
Last night she was up until 1 AM, reading, getting bored, and crying. This was after a bad night on Friday, and we spent yesterday at an airshow in 103 heat (on bare asphalt), which I thought would exhaust her. We are getting desperate and I need to sleep.
Today I’ve had her run around as much as is possible in the heat. I’m going to give her milk before bed. Does anyone have any other suggestions, besides helping her relax and letting her read?? She’s never had sleep problems in her life and I’m clueless!