This Sunday at 2 AM, Daylight Savings Time will end. For me, this will probably mean that my kids will be in my room waking me up at 6 AM. For some of my friends, I know it will be even earlier! Here are a few tips on how to better prepare for the DST transition, especially if you have kids.
- Gradually adjust your schedule. For the few days before Sunday, you can gradually put your kids to bed 15 minutes later and try to let them sleep in a little later as well so that when Sunday comes around, they are already used to going to bed at the new time (and waking up at the right time!). You can also adjust your meal schedule – eat supper a little earlier each night to get them ready for bed sooner.
- Prepare your sleeping environment. With the change in time, the sunlight will be shining in your child’s room an hour earlier – something that would surely wake my kids up. Prepare their rooms by making sure they have adequate shades to darken their room and keep the sun from waking them up too early.
- Get extra sunlight. Sleep consultants say that getting less sunlight can make kids feel less energized. Make sure your kids are exposed to plenty of sunlight, especially on Sunday morning, to help their internal clocks adjust.
Good luck adjusting and I hope your kids let you get the sleep you want! With the debate that surround DST every time we spring forward or fall back, who knows how much longer we will continue the tradition.