Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Daylight Savings Time: Tips to Help Your Children Adjust--Start NOW!

Spring Daylight Savings Time is a difficult change for most of us.  For the week following the spring time change, many people feel out of sorts.  Our children are no different.  Not only do we lose that hour of sleep, but our bodies are programmed to sleeping and waking at certain times and anything out of the ordinary does not feel natural.  When we "spring" forward, we get all out of whack.

There are some things you can do to help your children--and yourself.  Starting a week to ten days before the time change (which is March 10th this year), put your children to bed 5-10 minutes earlier each night.  Start by having some calming activities in the evening before bedtime.  This could be reading stories together, reading alone, listening to soothing music or taking a bath.  My kids enjoy a 5-minute massage.  Avoid electronics, including TVs, computers or readers, as the lights in these devices tend to stimulate the brain.

Concurrently, begin to wake your children ten minutes earlier for the first two days, then 20 minutes earlier for a couple days.  Follow this by waking them 30 minutes earlier for a couple days, then 40-45 minutes.  By the time you hit daylight savings time, your children will be better equipped to handle the time change.

Another tip is to drink a full glass of water first thing in the morning.  This will help hydrate and refresh, shaking off any sluggish feeling.

Don't forget--Daylight Savings Time is March 10th this year!  We spring forward so set your clocks one hour ahead!


Amy said...

Thankyou so much for these helpful tips. I needed this. Daylight savings always get us all out of whack!

Judy SheldonWalker said...

Helpful tips. It's rough to lose that hour. :-) Following you back from TQT at Amanda's blog.

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