Daylight Savings, You Can Do It!

Posted by Gym-Nest on Mar-6-2014

Daylight Savings! Quick, how did you just feel? If you’re like most people, you felt a mix of emotion. Happy at the prospect of enjoying more hours of daylight, but dreading the “lost” hour of sleep that accompanies it. And it’s not just you, but everyone around you that is trying to adjust at the same time. Yikes!

Did you know that for children, the one hour time change is harder to adjust to than flying across country into a whole new time zone? It’s true. A child’s body clock is set by light and dark patterns. So, when you arrive in a different time zone, it is still light and dark at same points of the day. With daylight savings, the light and dark patterns change. It can take 7 – 10 days for a child’s internal body clock to reset .

We all know how difficult it can be when we are off our normal schedule, especially our kids. So the Gym-Nest offers a few simple tips to help make the transition smoother:

  • Be proactive. Don’t wait for the clocks to spring forward to begin the adjustment. Slowly begin adjusting your, and your child’s, schedule a few days before daylight savings time. Small, gradual changes should allow the body to adjust to the change more easily.
  • Stick to your routine. Have snacks, meals, naps, etc at the same time you did before the time change. If snack time is 3:00, have it at the “new” 3:00.
  • Be bright! Exposure to bright light first thing in the morning can help reset the body clock faster.

We want your kids, and you, to have the energy to enjoy their time at the Gym-Nest! We hope these tips help! Daylight Savings is Sunday March, 9th year. Happy Spring!

  1. Wade Said,