Daylight Savings is this weekend. If you’re like us you often find yourself struggling to get a decent amount of sleep. Stress, worry, our kids, and work are just a few of the things that keep so many of us up at night (some of which Carey Nieuwhof will be talking about in the new series, Stress[Less]). And losing an hour of sleep doesn’t make it any easier. Especially for our kids.
Even some of the smallest changes in their routines can throw off their days in pretty big ways. And when the time changes, it throws off those routines big time.
Here are are five helpful tips that might help you and your family survive the switch to daylight savings time this weekend, and hopefully make the adjustment a little less overwhelming.
1. Start early – change the clocks early (as early as tonight). This allows their bodies to adjust to the time change before Sunday!
2. Be active – When you are active, your body releases a chemical called serotonin, which helps your body to adjust to changes like daylight savings. Try to make time for this early in the day, rather than late at night. Being active late at night can actually interfere with your sleep quality. Kids do best when they are outside playing for at least 60 minutes a day, and tired kids go to bed a little easier! 🙂
3. Nap wisely – Try to resist taking large naps late in the day. If you are tired, try taking a brisk walk around the block or nap earlier in the day and for no more than 20 minutes. If you’re kids are still napping, let them tell you when they need a nap. It may be slightly different than their “normal” time, but remember that their internal clocks are thrown for a loop!
4. Digest – With the time change, you may be hungry earlier or later than previously. Give your family ample time to digest diner before going to bed. If your kids are hungry, and it’s nowhere close to meal time, try to make healthy choices with their snacks. Heavier foods negatively affect our ability to sleep well through the night.
5. Lighten up – A combination of darkness in the evenings and light in the mornings will help your sleeping rhythms to readjust so you can fall asleep on the new schedule. When your kids wake up (or when you want them to wake up), open up the blinds, or turn on the lights if it’s still dark outside. They associate light with daytime. At night, dim down the lights in your house and pull the shades in their rooms; your kids will recognize the darkness with bedtime.
Hey WaumbaLand and UpStreet parents, to make it even easier for you, on Sunday March 12th, will be having a pyjama party this Sunday with Pajama Jam! Your kids will be provided with muffins and juice boxes for breakfast, too!
So don’t worry about getting your kids dressed and out the door even earlier – just have them come in their pyjamas! Hey – we won’t judge if you’re still wearing yours too 😉
Adjusting to Daylight Savings will never be easy, especially with kids, but making a few changes to your family’s routines can make a difference – and help to reduce some of the stress of bedtime and morning routines too.