My child is up at 5am every morning. We’re exhausted!
There is no doubt that starting your day at 5am is exhausting for everyone. In theory, putting your child to bed later should mean they wake up later in the morning, but that tactic doesn’t work in reality. Putting them to bed later or cutting their daytime naps will make them over-tired, which can cause frequent wakings at night and early morning wake-ups.
Make it clear to your child when they wake up at 5am that it is still night-time and getting up for the day is not an option. Standing firm and staying consistent will go a long way to getting him to sleep later.
Blackout blinds are a wonderful invention, especially for those bright early mornings. For toddlers and older children, a wake-up light can be very effective in getting them to sleep later, together with rewards for their achievements.
"Why Does My Child Wake Up In The Night?"
We are all wired to wake during the night as we transition between our sleep cycles. However, the problem is not the waking but not having the ability to settle back to sleep independently. Our child sleep guide can help you tackle the causes of these wake ups.
Maryanne established The Sleep Works in 2010. She is a qualified and experienced Sleep Consultant who has helped hundreds of parents with their children’s sleep problems. She also works with adults to educate, support and motivate them to improve their sleep. She gives many talks and workshops on child and adult sleep, has written numerous articles, and has appeared on Channel 4's 'Born Naughty?' show. Find out more about Maryanne and The Sleep Works.