My son takes a prescription sleep aid after trying everything under the son but after two years of sleeping 4-6 hours a night we started it and it helps him (he was soooo tired from not getting sleep).
My daughter is at the age where my son's sleep took a major downturn and it is exhausting me. She's never been much of a sleeper but she's moving down to about 7 hours a night. She takes melatonin (with our pediatrician's blessing) which helps her fall asleep but that girl gets up so early, regardless of what time she goes to bed.
I am really hoping that when school starts up next month and she's back into a normal routine (she's been in the preschool program since she was 2 years 9 months - same teachers, same aides, etc) that she'll start sleeping again. For her, the weighted blanket and melatonin "fixed" her initial sleeping problems. Now they're back.
I'm tired mommas and I really don't know what to do to get her to sleep. My son is older and so if he doesn't sleep he's OK to be up alone in the morning. Even though my daughter is almost five she's just not really ready to be awake alone. I know that the kids won't get out of the house without us knowing (house alarm and childproof doorknob covers) but it is her being awake *in* the house that is my concern.