Are you prepared for THE END (of daylight savings)?

The end of daylight savings time is just around the corner. Most of us are ecstatic to “fall back” and gain an extra hour of sleep.  But, for some parents, the time change can be a sleep setback.  Why?

Your child’s internal clock doesn’t naturally “fall back” with the rest of the digital clocks which magically change overnight while you sleep.  Nope.  You can bet that if your kiddo is usually bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at 6:30 a.m., she’ll be ready to shimmy and shake at 5:30am on the day after daylight savings end. It’s not her fault.  She doesn’t know about the time change and 5:30am feels like 6:30am to your child – because it ACTUALLY WAS 6:30 just one day before!

Which is why “falling back” can create sleep problems for parents. The end of daylight savings time can cause some kids to wake-up earlier, which then dominoes into earlier naps and bedtimes.  Then, before you know it, that smooth sleep schedule is converted into a cycle of overtired crankiness.

To keep the time change from spoiling your family’s sleep, here are a few things to try:

  1. Get outside or at least soak up some sunlight in the early evening. This helps regulate your child’s melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate their body’s internal circadian clock.
  2. Make sure to stick to your regular bedtime routine.
  3. Take measures (i.e. blackout shades) to ensure that your kiddo’s room isn’t too bright in the morning.
  4. Cut your kid some slack in the days following daylight saving time, the time change can cause such short-term changes in your child’s mood and behavior, but your patience and understanding will help her adjust more easily.
  5. If preventative measures don’t work, you can get back to that old schedule by slowly adjusting your child’s schedule. Try moving naps and bedtime forward by 10-15 minutes every few days, until she is back to her regular routine.

If you need something super creative to “fall back” on…check out Snooze.  A storybook tool that persuades sleep-defying children to hit-the-hay, so Snooze (a magical flying sheep) can pay them a visit while they sleep and leave behind a special surprise.  Check out this tried-and-true story book tool created by your truly at www.snoozethesheep.com.

//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=tf_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=snootheshee-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B003ZJ88DY&asins=B003ZJ88DY&linkId=YTVAMODGNBSF277R&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true” target=”_blank”>http:////ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=tf_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=snootheshee-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B003ZJ88DY&asins=B003ZJ88DY&linkId=YTVAMODGNBSF277R&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true    //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=tf_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=snootheshee-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=0991538633&asins=0991538633&linkId=NHIGS5F23XE4EJID&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true” target=”_blank”>http:////ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=tf_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=snootheshee-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=0991538633&asins=0991538633&linkId=NHIGS5F23XE4EJID&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true  

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s