As always, we look to BCB Resident Sleep Expert, Janeen Hayward from Swellbeing, to help us navigate the Daylight Savings Time this weekend. Don’t forget to turn your clocks back an hour when you go to bed on SATURDAY night! Here are some tips from Janeen to make it through the time change!
Tips to Manage the End of Daylight Savings
Winter is upon us. While the reality is that we will actually gain an hour of night when the time changes at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 4th, parents of young children don’t usually get an extra hour to snooze. To make matters worse, sometimes children don’t adjust to the new time and continue to rise one hour early. Following are my step-by-step tips to transition your tots to the new time and maintain good sleep hygiene for the entire family!
1. Put your child(ren) to bed on Saturday night (11/4) at the regular time.
2. Wake up with your child(ren) at the normal wake up time on Sunday morning (11/5).
3. Set your clocks back one hour. This is where you stretch.
4. Put your child(ren) down for the first nap at the regular time per the clock.** This will mean that s/he has been awake a full hour longer during this window and may need some help to stretch. Going outside and getting lots of sunlight and fresh air is a great way to keep kids awake when you’re stretching them.
5. Follow the clock for naps and bedtime from here forward. It can take a few days for your child to fully adjust, so be patient and consistent.
**Younger children may have a harder time stretching a full hour without becoming overtired. In this case it may be better to stretch them 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the afternoon or to stretch them slowly over several days. For babies under six months I recommend pulling the entire day’s schedule earlier by 15 minutes for the four days leading up to daylight savings.
***For school-aged children you may want to make the switch a day earlier so they have the weekend to get a jump-start on the adjustment.