Hello. My son, Oliver, has a severe learning disability. He is six and a half now, but developmentally probably 18-24 months. He is also probably on the autistic spectrum - he has a formal assessment in a couple of weeks.
We are having real issues around his sleeping. Every night he goes to sleep just fine, but wakes up very early. Usually between 4-5am, but sometimes even earlier. Once he wakes up, he will not go back to sleep, and nor will he stay in his room. We have tried the alarm clocks that have the symbols showing when it’s OK to come in, but without success. And, because of his development, we cannot use the tactics of bribery/threats that worked with his sister.
It is as if as soon as he ‘wakes up’ and knows that his mum is in the room next door he must come in and see her. And once there he is so pleased to see her that he will not get back to sleep.
On the occasions we have a night away from Oliver, he sleeps much later. He was at his gran’s this weekend and slept until 7am.
So does anyone have any ideas for how we might persuade him back to sleep or to sleep for longer - to be honest, we’d almost take 5am at this point!
But the broken nights are really starting to hit us hard - am hoping someone somewhere has had a similar experience and had a brilliant solution.