It’s just waaaaay too dark in the mornings. Right? It’s 7 a.m., you’re taking the kids to school or daycare and it feels like midnight. What’s going on here? Well, that’s about to change. And soon. Daylight saving time is about to end. To be more specific, daylight saving time will end on Sun., Nov. 5 at precisely 2 a.m. And the next day…well, that may take some getting used to.
Your kiddos pretty much have their schedule down. They know when bedtime is and they wake up around the same time every day. And now we have to fall back an hour? You’re left wondering, “What’s going to happen to their itty bitty internal clocks?”
Well, the end of daylight saving time may throw your kids off. At least, it may temporarily throw them off. It can take a few days, or even a week, for kids to get back on track after a time change. In other words, don’t expect them to adjust immediately.
So what should you do? We’re moving back one hour, making your child’s usual 9 p.m. bedtime turn into 8 p.m. instead. Okay, so it’s actually still 9 p.m., but it feels like 8 p.m. Technically it is 8 p.m., but now you’re confused and have even less of an idea of how to help your child adjust.
Stick to the routine. If 9 p.m. is the bedtime hour, then it stays that way the next day. Your kid might not be as sleepy as he normally would be, but that’s okay. He can relax in bed, you can read an extra story and he will eventually fall asleep. As the days go by, he will acclimate to the time change and get back to his regular routine.
How do you help your child fall asleep when he or she isn’t tired? Share your tips in the comments below.