Could it really be possible that Jake's nightmares have suddenly vanished with the beginning of a new year at a new school with a new teacher? I dare not get my hopes up, but he's had 2 great nights of uninterrupted sleep after his first 2 days of school. This, after 6 months of generally bad sleep. There was also no homework this first week, no early or late periods at school, no extra curriculars, no piano teaching for me... just a couple of play dates, early dinners, and a generally easy time at home.
Of course it cannot remain this way. He's going to get homework, has to start practicing again. There will be deadlines and the inevitable bumps along the way. I'm going to get busy and it will be impossible to eat at 6 every night.... And he's going to have to wake up earlier to to be at school by 7:45am, 3 days a week. But a very significant difference is, he's going to be spending the bulk of his day with a teacher who is not clearly at the end of her rope....
If his sleeping could just get back to its reliable, non-eventful state again, it would be huge. Being tired makes coping with stress even more difficult. This morning, I saw Jake kind of skip along to school. He wasn't exactly running, but he definitely wasn't dragging his feet and filled with the dread of last year. So far, so good.