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Entries in Daylight Savings Time kid bedtime (1)

Monday
Mar112013

One simple fix for "Spring Forward" sleep woes

In case you missed my post last week about prepping your child in advance for the Daylight Savings Time “spring forward,” (or if you just got too busy and forgot to do much of anything to prepare—I can relate, believe me), you may have found your child a bit, oh, hard to put to bed last night. That’s because at his perfectly reasonable bedtime of say, 8 p.m., his biological clock still thought it was 7. Also known as party time. Add in the extra hour of evening light, and kids across America were revving up instead of winding down at bedtime.

There is a simple fix for this, and here it is: Wake your child up 30 minutes earlier than normal tomorrow. Getting an earlier start to the day will help reset a slightly off-kilter biological clock. After two days of this routine, your child will be ready to go back to his normal bedtime—and you can forget all about Daylight Savings Time until this fall, when you’ll curse it all over again.

Bonus points: With the sun setting later and later, now is the time to invest in a good set of blackout curtains for your child’s room. Darkness is one of the most important biological cues for sleep, and even small amounts of evening light can interfere with your child’s natural production of sleepytime neurotransmitter melatonin. When the sun starts staying out until 10 p.m. in June, you’ll be glad you planned ahead.

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