by Katelyn Yarnell
Losing an hour of sleep can leave you feeling groggy, and your kids feeling grumpy while you try to adjust your schedules. If you or your little ones have a hard time adjusting to the time change, follow these tips from the Better Sleep Council:
- Create a relaxing bedtime ritual such as taking a bath, reading a book, or listening to soothing music.
- Finish your snacks and meals 2-3 hours before bed; digestion can wake up your body.
- Stay active during the day to make your body tired at night. Even a walk can help you sleep better.
- If you feel the need to take a nap to adjust to the time change, keep it to 20 minutes so your body will still be ready to sleep later that night.
- Gradually move up your child’s bedtime by 10-15 minutes before Daylights Saving Time in the spring so they are ready for the early bedtime by the time change.
- Make sure their room is completely dark when you are putting them to bed. If it is still light outside, try room darkening curtains so their body knows it is time to sleep.
- Keep a regular bedtime routine so they understand exactly what is expected, even if it’s earlier than usual.
- If they are still struggling to sleep, you can try making the room cooler than usual. Make sure they have warm pajamas, or plenty of blankets to snuggle with.
I hope you find these tips helpful and I have one more tip for Daylight Saving Time that has nothing to do with sleep – check your smoke alarm batteries and be safe this spring in your home.
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Katelyn started working at MAX in July of 2016 and is an agent for personal lines. Outside of MAX, Katelyn loves spending time with her 5 nieces and 1 nephew, and rooting on the Jayhawks. She also enjoys volunteering for the Stop Hunger Now campaign at her church.