Ava doesn't have the best track record when it comes to sleep. She didn't sleep through the night until shortly before her first birthday. She gave up naps completely right after turning 2...has not had a nap since, I kid you not. She was always getting up and coming into our room in the middle of the night as a toddler. Then around the time Lucas was born, she hit her stride and began sleeping peacefully through the night almost without fail. I thought all her sleep problems were behind her.
Then about 3 weeks ago, the weirdest thing started happening. We would put her to bed at her normal time, around 8 PM, and she would just lay in bed for hours without falling asleep. She never had that much trouble falling asleep before. I have tried to find out what is causing this, but she isn't really sure and I have no idea. Nothing about her routine has changed. The only thing that could be counted as a change is that school is out now. I don't know if that has anything to do with it or not. The girl is tired, but she can't fall asleep.
We've tried letting her read in bed for a while. I've worked with her on forming some "happy" mental images she can think about as she lays in bed. I've practiced deep breathing with her. We've left her alone thinking it might work itself out somehow. Nothing is working. She was awake until 11 PM the last two nights. I don't think she has fallen asleep before 10 at all in the past 3 weeks.
Tonight I am planning on playing some ocean sounds and seeing if white noise helps at all. I don't want to give her any drugs, but I have got to find a solution. This is putting a big strain on us all. There have been a few nights that I wanted to go to bed but could not yet because she was still awake and I felt I needed to be there for her. Plus I know this can't be good for her body because she is not getting enough rest.