Remember when setting the clocks back an hour meant an extra 60 minutes of snooze time?
That was way back BK (before kids), in the days when “getting up early” on a weekend meant 10 a.m. But now here’s the story, morning glory: Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday and, if you have early risers in your house, that means the day will start literally at the crack of dawn—or maybe even earlier.
But never fear! We’re here to save the day. We tracked down some of the most useful tips and tricks for coping with that extra hour on Sunday morning.
Tire them out. The fresh fall air has a bit of a chill right now, and that’s perfect weather for wearing out an energetic kid. Bundle them up and turn them loose at the park or the back yard to run like crazy. Or better yet, put them to work helping you rake and bag all those leaves!
Back up bedtime. The best way to help kids adjust to the time change is to incrementally move their bedtime back. If you start tonight, you can have them asleep about 30 minutes earlier by Sunday. Tonight, move their bedtime up by 15 minutes (the earlier sunset helps) and do the same thing tomorrow. That will buy you some more ZZZ.
Mood lighting. Sleep expert Dr. Harvey Karp says that dimming the lights by 50 to 75 percent (and yes, that includes screens) an hour before bedtime will increase your kid’s natural production of melatonin, the sleep hormone.
Turn up the noise. Got a white noise machine? Turn it on ’round about the same time you dim those lights.
When all else fails, new Chambana mom Cheryl Silver recommends, “buy coffee in bulk.”
What helps your kids adjust to the time change?