Daylight Savings Time Sleep Tips

lock and child in daylight saving timeIt’s that time of year again!

Daylight Saving Time is where we will be moving the clock forward for some of that extra daytime sunshine! Did you know that Daylight Saving Time originally intended to move us toward “summer time” and allow us to use the sunlight hours better? While shifting the clock gives us extra light in our day, it does tend to wreak havoc on the body, especially for families that have children under the age of 2.

I’m going to share a couple of approaches that can be helpful to make the transition a little more smoother for your child and help you know what to expect when you spring forward!

Daylight Saving Time is tough on everyone because we are shifting our internal clock, the circadian rhythm that is really rigid, by more than 30 minutes. Most children ages 6 and younger will normally wake sometime between 6am and 7am in the morning. Usually children 2 and younger will be most affected by the time change. The good news is that if your baby, toddler, or preschooler has too early of a wake time, this could be a good time to make the shift. You might be wondering how to make the shift in your home?

 

Sleep Tips for Daylight Savings Time

  • Be sure your child gets in some good naps so that they don’t become overtired when the time changes.
  • Bedtime will feel earlier since it is an hour earlier.
  • Get outside in the fresh air and sunshine first thing in the morning for at least 30 minutes. This can help the body adjust to the time change and it helps improve sleep anyway.

Approach #1

Approach #2

You are your child’s best expert.  So only you know the best way to make springing forward an easy transition for your family. 

Do you have sleep questions or concerns for your 6 year old or younger child?   Feel free to set up a time on my calendar for us to talk to help your get sleep in your home gently!  

Share these Daylight Saving sleep tips with your friends!  Good luck springing forward- sweet dreams!