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Daylight Saving Time; Tips to help kids 'spring forward' to dreamland

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Sunday March 9, begins Daylight Saving Time, the three words that every parent dreads. The time when we 'spring forward' and transition into adjusting to the lost hour of sleep, wreaking havoc with your children’s nap and bedtime schedules.

The concept of Daylight Saving Time originated in 1784, with Benjamin Franklin’s idea that there had to be a better way to make use of the daylight, by "changing our sleep schedules." That change however, affects our circadian rhythm, (our internal clock) which runs on a 24 hour cycle, and is regulated by light or darkness.

All of this means nothing to a child, but as a parent, it comes down to, “I’m not tired,” or “It’s not dark outside, why do I have to go to bed so early?” and the battle begins.

According to MSN Today Health report, on March 7, Dr. Carol Ash's video offers some Daylight Saving Tips to stay energized during the time change, and Dr. Judith Owens helps ensure children of all ages, (and mom and dad) with her tips on how to get a good night’s sleep for everyone.

Take it back a baby step.
Owens says parents should move bedtime back by small 10-15 minute the few days before the time change. She also suggest moving daytime activities, like mealtime or naptime, up as well.

Be strategic with light.
“Timing of light exposure is also important,” Owens says. “If you want to move up their sleep schedule, increase light exposure in the morning and make his room darker in the evening.”

What are some your favorite bedtime routines to help send your children off to dreamland?

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