Here we are: in night between Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th March will come backdaylight savings time. They must therefore be put on the clock hands forward one hour. This means that during the day we will have more light. But the change of summer time can bring, especially in the first days, some problems to adults and children, in addition to those we are already experiencing these days. An hour seems short, but it is able to change everyone’s rhythms.
And so in the first few days you can feel a bit “out of phase”. The body takes about five to six days to recover. However, the light stimulation increases in spring, so the relative fatigue is also partially compensated, as he explains Lino Nobili, head of the sleep medicine center of the Niguarda hospital in Milan. And while adults get used to switching to summer time more easily, it can be more complicated for children. And they can appear more nervous for several days. Or they can suffer from drowsiness and moodiness. So let’s arm ourselves with patience, dear parents!
Managing children during a lockdown is not easy, and if we should see them even more nervous, we know why and we try to prevent or at least prepare.
Tips to help children with summer time
- make them more tired on Sundays
- start changing children’s schedules immediately
Children, most of all, in fact, are habitual. And the return to summer time can cause in their organism and in their rhythms the effects of a real one jet-leg. And the main problems can be in the evening after the time change, because children may not want to go to sleep. For example, if they are used to sleep at 21:00, with the change of time for their body, 21:00 corresponds to 20:00. So they could have a hard time falling asleep. One solution could be to make them tire a little more on Sundays.
Another solution is instead that of start changing children’s schedules immediately, so that until Sunday they got a little used to the passage. All children need to readjust their rhythms to the new time, otherwise they will have a harder time falling asleep in the evening and wake up earlier in the morning.
If you can’t get them used this week, for Saturday the advice is to send them to bed a little later and then you will recover some time in the following days to return to normal rhythms.