Here’s one more secret nobody tells you about being a parent until you’re in the club: that extra hour of sleep you used to enjoy every fall on the end of daylight savings time weekend is now actually one less hour of sleep. This weekend, instead of enjoying an extra hour of sleep in the morning, your baby will wake you up an hour earlier than she already does (like say, 5 am). It’s not her fault, she’s confused with the time change.
This small, one hour change in time can result in huge sleep disturbances for sleep obsessed families who have small children—and it can last for up to two weeks. Tracey Ruiz, aka the Sleep Doula, makes a living working with parents on their sleep routines and helping them find the easiest path in maintaining a regular sleep schedule.
Tracey makes the point that some parents welcome the change in time because if their child goes to bed late, they can take advantage of the opportunity to get them to bed earlier.
But it can also mean tough times for the parents of early risers. If your child is an early riser, you might have to be firm and have them go back to sleep.
“Don’t let 4 am become the new 5 am”, says Tracey (I don’t think we’ll find much opposition there).
To make the time change easier and help avoid bedtime chaos, the Sleep Doula has shared her top five tips for an easier transition.
Remember they are just children and don’t understand time changes. But you do, so be smart and make sure you put yourself to bed earlier if you’re concerned about having to wake up an hour earlier.