becksie30

Hi, how can we get our 8 yr old to settle at night. It’s 10:30-11pm before he goes sleep. We’ve tried everything. No screen time before bed, reading, lying with him. It’s causing a lot of stress for the whole family. My partner and I both work shifts. My partner doing permanent nights and myself working either long days or nights. He does have emotional and anger issues which have got worse as he’s got older. The school had started some emotional work with him before we went into lockdown. And he has been referred to CAMHS for an assessment. 
Any advice welcome 

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familylives
Hi, I understand that this is a difficult situation. It sounds as though you've tried a lot of things. Have you asked him why he has trouble sleeping? It may be helpful to get his view as it could point to a solution. Keep doing what you're doing, building a night time routine may help him settle more easily. You could also discuss this with your GP. You could contact Young Minds, they're an organisation that helps families in similar situations to yourself, on 0808 802 5544. You may find it helpful to read our articles on child behaviour. If you feel you need further support please e-mail us at askus@familylives.org.uk or contact us through our live chat service which is open, Monday to Friday between 1.30pm and 5.30pm or call our freephone helpline on 0808 800 2222.
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