You probably woke up this morning feeling that precious hour we once had, missing. With Daylight Saving Time already upon us, we have to make sure our little miracles don’t feel the huge impact of the lost hour. Our circadian rhythms are often predictable and reliable and they don’t automatically follow daylight saving time changes. Truth is, our bodies don’t always change when the clocks do and it can be a hard transition for the whole family until everyone has adjusted. Read on to learn how to ease the effects of Daylight Saving Time for your little miracles.
According to the Pediatric Sleep Council, when the times of the day that usually correspond to certain amounts of light are altered, so are the signals that tell a child’s body when it’s time to start and end the day. As a result, it can take children up to 10 days to fully reset their internal clock to Daylight Saving Time.
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Stick to your routine – The routine you have set for your little miracle now is super important. Don’t stray away from that for fear of extra light at the end of the day. If your bedtime routine consists of a warm bubble bath, brushing teeth, reading a bed time story and cuddles, stick with it. Dependable routines are so important for children. The same can be said about what ever morning routine you have set up. Showering, getting dressed and eating breakfast should happen in the same order as it normally does. If you remain consistent, your little miracles will sense familiarity.
Tip: One of our favorite things to do, especially if our kids are having a hard time sleeping, is taking our DNA Miracles Natural Soothing Ointment and adding a couple drops of lavender essential oil. We use it for a natural calming rub. We add 2 drops of lavender EO to 2 tablespoons of our DNA Miracles Soothing Ointment. Mix and rub into to your little miracles chest, back and souls of their feet. The lavender scent can calm them, which leads to heavy eye lids and sleep!
Sleep schedule – If your little miracle customarily goes to bed at 7pm, they may seem not quite ready for bed at 7 pm after the time change. For that child, 7pm feels like 6pm, and therefore it’s too early for bedtime. It’s best to start getting your little miracle ready about a week ahead of Daylight Saving Time. Getting them into bed about 10 to 15 minutes before their usual bedtime so they get used to going to sleep while it’s still fairly light outside, can be beneficial. Gradually increase the time difference so that by the Sunday of time change, your kids have adapted. If you didn’t do this, that’s ok. You want to make sure you stick to your routine and avoid mental stimulation before bedtime. One way to make sure this happens is to avoid rowdy games, exciting tv shows, electronic devices and other activities that may energize your little miracle.
What are your tried and true tips for easing your little miracles into Daylight Saving Time? Share with us in the comments below!