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our 7 year old DS is still taking up to an hour to settle once in bed at night he has GDD but no behavioural problem. sometimes by the time we get out its 930pm he goes to bed at 730pm… its getting frustrating…he has 30 mins of stories but just won’t go to sleep. its quiet frustrating…..and no time after to relax to ourselves. Any tips would be great.

Posted by Jujubear79, 10th September 2021

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  • I always settled my boys with bathtime & then story time & lights out. I’m sure the bath calmed them, & their love of stories made them drift off peacefully because when they were out of that routine they found it harder to fall asleep.

  • Definitely need to establish a routine. The story time is great, definitely keep that up. Is he getting screen time? I’m a little old school but I’ve always been fairly strict with limiting that- my kids just get it on the weekends mostly. If there’s gaming I’d definitely limit that as it tends to rev kids up. Our routine is get home, tidy room while I make dinner, eat, bath time, walk the dog (you could still go for a walk even if you don’t have a dog), one story, reading exercise then lights off and I’m out of there. You might need to be tough at first, but if he comes out be firm and put him back, eventually he’ll understand you mean business.

  • Maybe he is not just tired yet? Maybe push bed time by 30 min ?

  • My son was like this for years. He eventually grew out of it. Nothing we did worked, but eventually we had to teach him to just stay in bed alone. Otherwise we’d have lost our minds.

  • And low iron can cause sleep disturbances as well…

  • I was thinking it also may be good to ask his pediatrician if a sleep study needs to be done (he can make a referral). Also has his bloods been taken lately ? A hyperactive thyroid also can give symptoms of overstimulation and disturbed sleeping patterns….

  • The previous post took the words out of my mouth. You could also look into the step back approach where you slowly distance yourself from the room over time.

  • Hi Jujubear, I have a 7yr old girl with Down Syndrome, also showing some behaviour problems. How many hours sleeps your son in total and does he fatigue during the day ?I would look to his routine first. We work with a daily schedule / visuals for my daughter to know what happens next and what the expectations are. I have a bedtime social story and often watch a wee youtube video about bedtime routines before we go upstairs.
    You could also have a chat with his pediatrician. We use some Melantonin when my daughter doesn’t settle well

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