Well the time has arrived. Today is the last day of Daylight Savings Time and our clocks will go back 1 hour while we sleep. As parents we are no longer afforded the luxury of sleeping in that extra house, even though we are the ones who need it most.
Sleep issues are coming.
Does your child already have sleep issues? We sure do. At almost 4 year old, Chief still does not sleep in his own bed and does not sleep through the night. As a stay at home mom, this is not something that has concerned me. The time changes can be horrendous on our schedule, sleep and sanity. We do little things to help make it easier that seem to work for Chief, but may not work for all.
Naps or rest time is usually inevitable during these changes, especially on mornings where he has gotten up earlier then usual. We have not had a true nap time for about 6 months, but we do rest. Our rest time is usually around 1-2pm in the afternoon, and about 45minutes to a hour long. We will rest wherever he likes, usually on the couch where we watch a movie or tv show. But lets be real, Mommy is the one who needs these naps and rest times more then they do. We are the ones who are up all hours of the night.
Adjusting bed time is usually inevitable as well. While he is usually in bed my 7pm, we will increase it to about 7:30-8:00pm. My hopes of doing this, is that he sleeps in longer in the morning. I have found that getting up to early makes for a very cranky start to our day. We spent today at the park with the hops that it will help release all his extra energy, and fingers crossed he sleeps well tonight.
Here is to hoping that all our little ones sleep well during the time change, and pray they let us sleep in. Even if it is only an extra 20 minutes.
To whom ever invented the time change, What were you thinking? Obviously you didn’t have children.