DD is almost 3 years old and is a terrible sleeper as of late.
Wether she has a day nap or not, it makes no difference to her night sleep.
We have always had the same night routine since she was a baby. In bed my 7pm. Except she refuses to go to sleep untill about 10.30 every night. She gets out of bed and mucks up from 7-10.30 then finally konks out. She is up at 6am.
She is grumpy and very difficult all day because she is so overtired.
I just cant get any more sleep into her.
She does not sleep at her dayare, never has.
She usually naps from 2-3pm or 1-2pm depending on what we have been doing and how difficult she has been. Somedays she wont sleep at all and putting her to bed earlier doesnt seem to work - it just makes the whole ordeal alot longer.
i do not want to change the 7pm bedtime.
i dont think cutting out her day sleep atm will help us. She is clearly a tired little girl. She has the attention span of a fly and it is very hard to get her to focus on anything, she's not even eating how she would on good (normal) sleep.
Daycare have recently said she just "snaps" and has meltdowns because of something small and it takes 2 carers to calm her down.
She never ever sued to be like this, its very unusual and i can only link it to lack of sleep.
How can i get some more sleep into her and how do i stop the carrying on at bedtime of a night without gating her in her room.
edit. she is not understimulated or bored. The more i "tire her out" the less she sleeps. After swimming for example, she is beside herself , refuses a day sleep and still carries on of a night untill 10-11pm and up at first light. Her room has 3 layers of blinds all blockout. Its pitch black.
If we have an at home pj day - it is no different!
Also, this doesnt help but i have a friend who has a dd of the same age and she still has 3hour day sleep and sleeps 7pm-7am. But the have a baby gate on her room and swear by it. I asked if my friends dd goes to sleep staright away at 7pm ans she said no she plays in her room but "i dont care because i dont have to deal with her!" i just dont like the idea the gate on the room.