The Dreaded Spring Daylight Savings Time

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Daylight Savings Time (DST) is upon us. Regardless of any benefit or not to our world because of DST, it definitely can wreak havoc on your child’s sleep. You will be setting your clocks forward so if it is 7pm, the clock should read 8pm. There are two ways in which to resolve the issue as it relates to your child’s sleep.

If your child is an early riser, DST is great. Because if they were waking at 5am, now they will be waking at 6am! YAY. But if they need to wake up at 7am to get ready for school, that clock will now say 8am and they will be late! Below are a couple of options.

The first option is to do NOTHING. Especially for those early risers, whose wake-time was 5am and bedtime at 7pm, their wake time will be a more tolerable one now, from 6am and bedtime at 8pm, so you do not want to rock the boat here.

The second option is to spread the time change across 4 days, shifting your child’s sleep earlier by 15 minutes a day. If your current schedule is sleeping 7pm-7am, start with sleeping at 6:45pm and wake up at 6:45am. This means waking your child up at 645 in the morning, as you need them waking up at the new target time, not their old normal time. Continue shifting sleep 15 minutes a day for 4 days, at which point your child’s post-DST sleep schedule should be the same as their pre-DST sleep schedule (ex. 7pm–7am clock time).