How to adjust your child’s sleep schedule before daylight saving time ends


(WFLA) — You may have notice the days are getting shorter and when daylight saving time ends this weekend, they’ll be even shorter.

Here is your official reminder: move your clocks back one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night.

Some people will enjoy the extra hour of sleep. But, the time change could be challenging for others, including children. However, there are a few ways that parents can make it easier on kids.

Dr. Jill Hechtman says that giving kids a gradual transition to the time change will help them a lot. She suggests that parents have their kids go to bed 15 to 20 minutes later than normal.

“This will make the change less drastic,” said Hechtman, who practices in the Brandon area.

She also suggests that parents keep their kids’ routines consistent by having them wake up at the same time every morning and have them go to sleep at the same time every night.

Hechtman said that creating a sleep-friendly environment will also help your child calm down before going to bed. Don’t allow them to watch TV or use electronics or other distractions that stimulate. You might want to consider having your kids read a book prior to going to bed, to help them relax.

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