Daylight Saving Time with kids is a game-changer. And we are less than one week away from it.
Sunday, March 8th is the big day. Are we gaining or losing an hour? When does it happen? How will this affect my kids? Don’t worry, we have the answers.
On Sunday, we are springing forward, which means we will lose an hour of sleep. Can one little hour REALLY make a difference? Yes, yes it can!
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has found that moving into or out of DST can affect your sleep patterns for up to 5-7 days!
That’s tough for adults so imagine how that will affect your kiddos!
Here are a few Dos and Don’ts to get you ready for the big day!
You’ve been working super hard, being diligent with the sleep schedule, canceling plans to make sure the kids get home in time, all to help your kids get the rest they need. And this upcoming day can mess things up. Prepare yourself now! You will likely lose sleep and have cranky kids.
Adjust Bedtimes Before (Gradually):
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) recommends that you start adjusting your child’s wake/sleep times by 15-20 minutes a few days before DST.
This will help your child gradually adjust to the new bedtime and wake time.
Sometimes getting your child to fall asleep is hit or miss. Our Kids Sleep Melts are recommended for ages 3 years+. We recommend that your child takes it 30 minutes before bedtime. The main ingredient is melatonin which is clinically proven for fast, peaceful, and deep sleep!*
Routines, Routines, Routines:
We can’t say enough great things about creating a bedtime routine for your kids. If your child knows what’s coming next, they will feel comfort and calm, which is likely what they need after a day of fun!
Some extra tips: Whenever your child is napping or going down for the night, be sure to have blackout curtains so your child associates darkness with sleep. Also, a good sound machine to block out minor annoying noises. And stick to the routine!
Make Drastic Changes:
Now this “don’t” makes perfect sense since we just spoke about how important routines are. If you try and keep your child up an hour later it could cause them to be overtired and then it’s all downhill from there. Either way, you are going to have a sleepy child, so ease into it!
Make Any Big Plans:
The week of DST is probably not the best week for lots of events. If possible, try to be home at a decent time every night and stay close to home the following weekend. The sooner you can get them back on track, the better for everyone.
Extra tip: Whatever plans you DO make– try to pick events that will be exhausting so your kids will sleep better at night.
Forget to Change Your Clocks:
An extra reminder never hurt anyone, right? Think of all the places you need to change and get a head start before you go to bed. That way you wake up to the correct time!
Our phones will adjust automatically but don’t forget about your clocks, watches, and cars!
Be Hard On Your Kids:
Everyone is a little off their game when they aren’t sleeping well, so try and have extra patience with yourself and the kids this next week or two. Get ready for meltdowns, tantrums, and arguments. Before you know it, everyone will be back on schedule and it will be Daylight Saving Time all over again!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.