I'm at a total loss and I'm starting to worry that his lack of sleep is going to affect his ability to learn and do well otherwise. As a baby, he never really slept well. He always woke up easily and was hard to put down. He transitioned to his big boy bed just before he turned 3. The first couple of weeks he slept through the night but he woke up really early.. like 4am. After that he seemed much better. He seems to do fine sleeping through the night and staying in his bed but I cannot get him to sleep later than 4 or 5am! I'm on maternity now. When I was working, I had to get up at 5am to get ready. I used to have to wake him up at 6:30.. he never woke up on his own. Now... it's like he refuses to sleep past 4-5am. And if something wakes him earlier than that, he'll get up and won't fall back asleep. DH leaves for work around 3:30-4am. The garage door is under DS's window. DH unplugs the garage door and manually pushes it up so that it's quiet and doesn't wake up DS. Still, he seems to wake up at the smallest noise and then he's up.
Bedtime is the same every night. He goes down at 8pm. We read one-two books and he falls asleep pretty easily. Sometimes he tries to stall like asking for something to drink or needing one more hug or a kiss.. but usually he falls asleep and goes to bed pretty easily.
He does still nap.. I think he sleeps about an hour or so at school.. at home he usually will sleep 1-2 hours.
What am I doing wrong? What can I do to help him sleep longer? I know he's exhausted. He looks exhausted. He acts exhausted. In turn, I'm exhausted. Now, I have a newborn in the house and he's waking her up all the time.. not on purpose.. just because she hears him being loud and making noise.