Fall Back in Champaign-Urbana: Tips to help your family adjust to the time change
Keep your cool and lose less sleep with our sanity-saving tips for families
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 Saving Time ends on Sunday at 2 a.m., 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. Finally something good about 2020: the calendar! This year Halloween falls on the Saturday before the big Sunday clock turn-back. Whether you plan to go trick-or-treating (see the official hours in local communities) or engage in other Halloween fun, chances are good that you will have tired kiddos at the end of the evening. If your kids always have energy to burn, bundle them up during the afternoon 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 earlier over several days. Tonight, move their bedtime up by 10-15 minutes (the earlier sunset helps) and do the same thing tomorrow, and the next day. This gradual change will hopefully buy you some more ZZZ by the weekend.
Mood lighting. Sleep experts say 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.”
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