My five year old wakes up more at the age of five than he ever did when we was a baby! It has been going on for several weeks now and I can’t really figure out what the problem is. I really think he loves to come in my room and make sure I am there. But he has to wake me up to do it.
For example last night he walks in my room at 6:30 saying he needs his “tree” blanket, which is his green blanket he has had since he was a baby. We found it in his bed. I tuck him in and make him use the bathroom since we are all awake and tell him “I love you, sleep good, night night” and I walk out and back to my room like I always do. He then starts coughing a lot since he is awake and thinking about it. He has problems with nasal drip and while he is sleeping sometimes it gets worse. The problem is when he starts coughing he can’t stop easily and it continues for a long time and sometimes he ends up getting sick and getting some of the junk up. This usually helps and he goes back to sleep. After hearing him cough for a long time I hear him walk in my room again. He tells me he is coughing and having trouble. (I clearly could hear him coughing in the monitor but was praying hard he would stop and sleep) I walk him back to his room. Rub on him a little bit, give him his water and tell him to close his eyes and try to get some sleep.
He finally stops coughing a little bit later. I am just back asleep and he touches me again and wakes me up. He says he has had a bad dream. So we walk back to his room again and I tell him that Jesus is always with him and mommy & daddy are here too. Sometimes we pray too again but I didn’t last night. I asked him to please try to get some sleep and to let everyone else try to get some sleep too. I said he could get up when the clock turned green. We have a special clock that tells them it is time to get up and turns green.
Thankfully he slept until right before 7:00 when the light turns green.
This happens several times a week lately and it really puts me in a bad mood. I talked to him a little bit tonight about it and I really think he is getting up just because he is awake and wants to come see me. I told him if he really needed something he could come and get me but if he was ok and the clock wasn’t green it means he needs to turn over and go back to sleep.
We will see if he actually sleeps all night or not. I am praying he does. I need a full nights sleep again!
Anyone else have this problem at a certain age? could it be growth spurts? waking up and not sure what to do next? Scared? My almost three year old sleeps great and hardly ever gets up!
Any advice on how to handle it better? I know I need to show more compassion but by the third time I am not as compassionate as the first time and just want to sleep