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Daylight savings time wreaks havoc on kids’ sleep: Expert Advice


For families with young children especially, this seasonal change can throw off the whole morning routine.

Kim West, also known as The Sleep Lady, is a Maryland-based counselor who works with families on sleep issues. Below, she shares her advice on how to transition children through this weekend. (The tips also may be useful if holiday travel means a time change.)

From West: “The next morning let your child wake up at his natural time, which according to the clock will be an hour earlier (but not before 6 a.m.).

Schedule your day according to the new clock time. If your child’s bedtime was 7:30 p.m., the clock will say 6:30 pm. Make sure your child is well napped so they can make it to at least 7:00 p.m. the new time.

If your child is too tired the first day and you fear they will miss their sleep window then put them to bed at 6:30 p.m. and try to gently push their bedtime later the next day.

He may wake up early for a few days but then he’ll adjust.

Stay consistent and don’t him start his day before 6 a.m. (new time). The adjustment seldom takes even a week.”


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