Adjusting to daylight savings time can be difficult for both adults and children, even though you’re gaining an hour of sleep. Our Austin area Medical Director, Kristi Whitenton shares some advice on how to help your kids adjust to the clock “falling” back.
This year, daylight savings time is November 1. So after a night of excitement and treats on Halloween, kids’ internal clocks may be telling them to wake up at the usual six or seven am, which is now five or six am! You can help them adjust before the clock rolls back by putting them to bed thirty minutes later two to three days before the time change, but still waking them at the usual time.
Then when the time change happens, they will be ready to sleep a little later on November 1. Sometimes the excitement of a holiday can overstimulate kids and make sleep difficult, so make sure sources of natural light such as windows are covered so that the early sun won’t wake them too soon.
Have a Happy Halloween and a smooth transition from daylight savings time!
Meet the Author:
Dr. Kristi Whitenton is a graduate of the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, followed by general pediatrics residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. After two years of additional training in pediatric critical care, she became a medical director for Little Spurs Pediatric Urgent Care in San Antonio. In August 2014, she joined Urgent Care for Kids as the medical director for the Austin area. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and has a son attending Southern Methodist University in Dallas. In her spare time, she enjoys running, baking, and supporting the visual and performing arts.