Scary Times… Daylight Savings

Scary Times… Daylight Savings

When I first realized that Daylight Savings was on Halloween I was a bit freaked out! It can be hard enough to adjust to the sleep lost due to all the excitement of Halloween. Now we get to deal with turning back the clocks on the same night.

Who needs a haunted house to be scared! Just ask any parent of a child under 6.

This time change used to be one of my favourite days of the year before we had our son. Now it is not as enticing; however, there are a few tips to make it a smooth transition.

3 Tips on How to Adjust to the Clocks Falling Back:
  1. Do Nothing. Leave your clocks as is. When you wake up with your child slowly begin changing the clocks as you are drinking your coffee to begin your day. This will decrease the chance you will see the actual time and wish you were still in bed. You can also continue to do nothing and see how well your child adjusts. This is what I will be doing.
  2. Split the Difference.  Your child will be ready for sleep about an hour earlier according to the new time.  To help your child adjust to the time change have his bedtime/naptime 30 minutes earlier than usual.
  3. Push sleep in 15-minute increments. On the days following the time change, push your child’s sleep time ahead by 15 minutes. Do this until you get back to your regular sleep time.

The reason I will be doing nothing the first day is that I know that our son will adjust to the time change over the coming days. It will take at least a week. In the meantime, I will pack my patience and slowly push his bedtime back to the desired time of 7 PM.

If you would like more help on this transition period feel free to book a free 15 minute consult with me.  We can discuss the issue you are having and the ways I can help. Here is a link you can use to book your 15-minute call