Any way to make a child sleep later in the mornings?
October 4, 2011 4:51 PM Subscribe
Is there any way to change the circadian rhythms of a toddler so that s/he sleeps later in the morning?
posted by xo to health & fitness (19 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Due to his preschool schedule, my lil one cannot begin his nap until 2 pm. He'd do so much better at school if he wasn't so tired. Like, for instance, if he got up later in the mornings. And now Daylight Savings Time is coming up in a month, which will have the effect of pushing things even further in the wrong direction.
What can I do to change his wake time? Melatonin? Move dinner time?
He already sleeps in a completely pitch-black room with white noise on. He has special lights that turn on at 7:15 and knows to stay in bed till they are on, but he still wakes before they even turn on. And now I have a month to shift him an hour forward in time to make up for the time change.
When I put him to bed later at night, he gets up at the same morning time, and then extends his nap to make up for the fatigue. Waking him up early from nap is not working at all -- he clings to sleep and is essentially unrousable. So far in his life, he has never slept later in the morning to make up for being tired.