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March 11, 2011

sleep tips for springing ahead

I’m already enjoying the longer stretches of daylight at the end of the day with my daughters. We are eager for this weekend when, despite losing an hour of sleep, we gain an hour of daylight. And after the loooong winter we’ve all endured, this is definitely good news!

Following are some tips on managing the time change with your wee ones. To some this is very welcome news as it will mean that your early riser will awaken an hour later. And for others, correcting for the time change is very simple, so negotiating this loss of an hour should be minimally disruptive.

Tips for Early Risers
1. Put your child to bed on Saturday night at the usual time.
2. Change the clocks ahead one hour when you go to bed.
3. Wake up with your child(ren) in the morning at the usual time (though the clock will read on hour later).
4. Proceed as usual but put your child(ren) down for naps and bedtime one hour later (per the clock). The timing will feel the same to their bodies. (i.e. 7 p.m. bedtime becomes 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. wake up time becomes 7 a.m.).

Since your child is sleeping at the same times they are used to sleeping, there should be no adjustment period.

Tips for Families Wanting to Keep the Same Schedule
1. Put your child(ren) to bed on Saturday night at the usual time.
2. Change the clocks ahead one hour when you go to bed.
3. Set your alarm for your usual wake up time
4. Wake your child(ren) up at the usual wake up time per the new clock (this will mean that s/he is getting one less hour of sleep overnight).
5. Proceed with your regular schedule using the new time.

It can take the body a few days to get into the groove with the new schedule. Be consistent and patient!

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