Child Who Won't/can't Sleep
I have a son who is soon to be 4 and he hates to sleep! Whenever I tell him goodnight, he says "I don't like to close my eyes mom," and when I ask him way, he says, "well, because I just don't like it." He has discontinued his nap recently (though, he's still put down in his room for quiet time at the same time each day) and at night he stays up singing to himself. He will also flip through books by the tiny glow from his night light. Many months ago, I wanted to take out his night light, thinking maybe it was messing with his circadian rhythm, but he cried, saying he was scared, so I didn't go that route. I did replace his night light for a dimmer one hoping it would make a difference, but it hasn't. The only other thing I've tried is tart cherry juice an hour before bed. I did that for about a week and I didn't notice any difference. I did chamomile a couple times, though, admittedly, not very consistently (he didn't like it very much). He maybe gets 7 hours sleep a night MAX. He has a pretty good diet. He doesn't eat completely bulletproof; however, he does eat well. Completely non gmo, good healthy fats, pretty low sugar (though he does get fruit), organic oats, rice, grass fed cheese, eggs from our chickens, raw milk, grass fed meats, vegetables, beans a couple times a week, nuts, occasionally dried fruit. I do let him have gluten free organic granola bars maybe twice a week. He's tall and thin for his age. He is very hyperactive and also very smart. I'm worried about his lack of sleep because he gets quite wild and somewhat violent when his sleep has been really bad.
I was similar as a kid. I slept like crap too, but probably 90% of my meals were microwaved kid cuisines and pre-packaged crap. I was sick all the time. I want him to have a healthy enjoyable childhood, so I want to help him get this sleep thing under control before it starts taking a toll on his health. I feel stuck though. I'm not sure what to do for him. Does anyone know of bulletproof sleep remedies that are safe for small children?