Surviving time change: guidelines and tips

The time change to winter time will be the last weekend of October. Specifically, there will be in the early hours of Saturday, October 29 to Sunday, October 30 (2022). So, at 3:00 in the morning we will have to turn the clocks back so that they read 02:00. Thus, Sunday will have one more hour.

Unlike what happens with daylight saving time, we gain an hour of sleep, therefore we will set the clock back one hour although our "internal" clock will make it sleep the same hours as before. As happens to us adults, some children are not affected at all and others have certain problems. mild and transient disorders by altering the sleep-wake biorhythm. In our nursery schools we see it every year. The days are getting shorter, there is less sunlight and the afternoons of playing are getting shorter... It most likely affects our mood and, sometimes, it can influence our circadian rhythm (the change that occurs in a day and which alters our physical and mental part) taking into account that, when there is no light, melatonin increases and that makes us sleepier.

As it could not be otherwise, this change especially affects sleep and it can be a little more complicated to get our children to fall asleep earlier at night and overcome fatigue in the mornings. Some children, especially younger ones, will wake up a little later and it may influence their subsequent naps of the day. This will make them more sensitive, sleepier and may even influence their appetite. But here's the good news: this adaptation lasts only a few days. So remember, your patience (once again) will be essential and let's not forget that the change can especially affect the little ones because their mood is more sensitive and their level of adaptation is lower. Each child is different and everyone will go through this adaptation in different circumstances.

At Happy Way we have prepared a list of tips to survive this time change without losing your smile:

  • We recommend adapting to the new schedule gradually, we could start it a week or days before
  • We can make them sleep 15 minutes earlier than usual, in the same way to eat.
  • We can prepare them, in the morning, a breakfast that they really like and this way we help them with their mood and be more motivated.
  • Leaving school, we can take advantage of the remaining daylight by going to the park or taking a walk, in this way we stimulate the production of serotonin that will make them calmer, keeping them more awake so that they can sleep better later.
  • If we have decided to change all of our children's routines to prepare for the time change, it is best to do it as a whole family. The little ones in the house will understand that the time change is going to affect us all and they will experience it as something natural and necessary.
  • Nighttime routines will be ideal, that is, a soft and balanced dinner, a cozy bath and, before going to sleep, stories that relax them.

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