Tips to Help your child adjust to time change
Today’s the day that you should have turned your clocks back an hour (fall back). For us adults, it’s nice to sleep an extra hour, but it can be a big deal for your child.
“It can throw off their sleep, appetite, attention span, mood, everything because a child’s body clock is set by light and dark patterns, not by what it reads on your watch. When you travel to a new time zone, it’s still light and dark at the same points during the day. With daylight saving time, though, that changes, and it can take seven to ten days for a child’s internal clock to “reset.” – Jodi Mindell, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia who specializes in pediatric sleep
Here are a couple of tips to help them adjust!
1. Begin shifting your child’s bedtime a couple of days before the time change. If they usually go down at 8:00, have them in bed by 7:45, 7:30 the next.
2. Stick to your current daytime routines. Routines are great for children anyways so to help them adjust to the time change, it’s not advised to change your child’s schedule too.
3. Exposing your child to bright lights first thing in the morning can help reprogram their internal clock faster. (indoor lights work too)