Daylight Saving Time and Children: Daylight Saving Time starts at 2 am on March 27. The tricks to get children (and adults) used to the new schedule.
But will summer time return this year? If you are wondering, the answer is yes, it will be back again this year.
Summer time returns. Daylight saving time returns on the night between Saturday 31 March and Sunday 1 April. At 2 in the morning, the hands must be moved forward by an hour, at 3.
When does daylight saving time return?
On the night between Saturday Daylight saving time returns on March 27 and Sunday March 28. At 2 in the morning, it will be necessary to move the hands forward by an hour, at 3. Thus “losing” an hour of sleep. A small novelty that risks undermining everyone’s rest, especially that of the little ones.
Change between summer or winter time: until when?
In the next years the change between summer time and standard time may no longer exist. Last September 2018, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced that the change between standard and daylight time in 2019 could be one of the last.
This was in fact the result of a mega-consultation that received 4.6 million votes from citizens with as many as 80% in favor of abolishing the obligation of double hours in Europe. Most of the Northern countries voted not to have double hours. Already in 2019, the movement of the hands will be abolished, but each country will be able to decide independently whether to always adopt summer or winter time. There is time until April to decide which timetable to adopt. But to give the green light to the change, the approval (by March) of the European Parliament and Council is still required.
As explained to Adnkronos Salute Italo Farnetani, from the University of Milan Bicocca, there are about 250 thousand Italian children who will risk drowsiness, moodiness and irritability. For them, in fact, this new timetable will have the effect of a trip “from Milan to London, with all the ailments linked to jet lag. But adults will also have problems. In practice, the biological clock of 60 million Italians will be out of order. “. The new schedules will expose children and adults to a risk of sleeplessness at night and sleepiness during the day.
An “emergency” which, according to the expert, falls within a week.
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What does summer time involve in children?
Summer time has all the effects of a mini jet lag:
Daylight saving time is more difficult to manage because, as the Healthday website explains, the body takes longer to adjust.
How to get children used to change?
- with exercise
- shifting the time of the evening bed
As the expert explains, it is useless to wait for Sunday evening, for bedtime. Better to play in advance. First of all, on Sunday you can take advantage of the good weather and take the children outdoors. Outside they exercise more, they get tired and sleep comes more easily. Or organize an afternoon of play (away from technology): play has the same effect.
To help the baby’s circadian rhythm at the new time, he will have to be sent to sleep an hour later on Sunday. So, if he is used to going to bed at 9pm, we will send him at 10pm. But starting the next day and for the next three evenings, “we will drop 20 minutes from the time the little one goes to bed” he concludes. the pediatrician. So on Wednesday evening he will go back to sleep at 9 pm as if nothing had happened.
And what can adults do to get their circadian rhythm accustomed to summer time?
- Choose a time to wake up and avoid ‘wavering’.
- Go out in the morning and expose yourself to natural light.
- Exercise in the morning and not in the two to three hours before bedtime.
- Avoid alcohol, cell phones, and computers before bed.
- Keep the bedroom dark and quiet.
- If you wake up at night, try doing something relaxing that helps you fall asleep.
- According to expert Saul Rothenberg, of Northwell Health in Great Neck, with the change of hours it is advisable not to sleep more on Sunday mornings and to resist an eventual afternoon nap.
And if the solar time is already missing, don’t worry, it will not be long in coming.
On the night between Saturday and Sunday, October 30, 2021, at three in the morning the hands will go back one hour and we will recover the “stolen” sleep time in March.
Food and recipes for good sleep
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Here are some foods that promote sleep. Perfect to offer to children for dinner.