Question: My 4-year-old daughter has never been a good sleeper. Her latest quirk – almost every night she wakes up in the middle of the night wide awake not sleepy enough to go back to sleep. She wakes us up to let us know she can’t sleep, and we sleepily tell her to play in her playroom or with her LeapPad. She stays up for several hours before she goes back to bed – all along waking us up for different reasons.
She doesnt nap during the day, and she doesn’t go to bed until 8:30 or 9:00 because she’s “not tired”. On a normal morning (when she sleeps all night) she sleeps until 7:30, but on mornings after she wakes in the night for several hours I have to wake her at 8:15 for preschool. Her dad isn’t much of a sleeper either – is this hereditary? Or is this a sleep disorder of some sort?