Neurologist offers parents tips to help their kids deal with Daylight Saving Time

Published: Mar. 9, 2018 at 3:40 PM CST
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We're springing forward this weekend as Daylight Saving Time begins which means losing an hour of precious sleep!

For parents that can also mean dealing with kids who may be a little more tired than usual but experts at Mayo Clinic Health System says say you can get through the time change without upsetting your child's sleep schedule too much.

Neurologist Dr. Timothy Young says the first step is to make everyone in your household is aware its even happening!

Young explained, “When it comes to kids I think it's important to explain why we do it. We're saving daylight. The sun gets up too early in the summer and so we're helping the sun get up a little later.”

Dr. Young says the next step for parents is to try and engage kids in the event.

He continued, “Get the kids to help you. My kids are often better with technology than I am and so if they can figure out how to turn the clocks forward then my job is faster and they understand that all the sudden it's 8p.m. and not 7p.m. and we're all that much closer to bedtime.”

Dr. Young says parents can also try going to bed 15 minutes earlier Friday and Saturday night - if kids are willing to cooperate of course!

“That's the challenge is to get them to bed early,” said Young. “It would help if you went to bed 15 minutes early tonight and tomorrow you'd be half an hour ahead but again recognizing

it's happening is probably the most helpful thing

Lastly Dr. Young recommends getting out in the sun because light can help regulate the body's internal clock.

He added, “Whether we recognize it or not I think a lot of us are adjusted to our environment. So, when we get up in the morning in March we're used to a certain amount of daylight and on Sunday morning it's going to be a lot darker when we normally get up.”

While it can be tempting to sleep your Sunday away Dr. Young does say it can make getting up on Monday even harder.

If you are getting tired he recommends limiting yourself to a short afternoon nap.