The clocks going forward are one of my favourite times of the year. Summer is on its way! Those short dull days are about to disappear, the birds are singing, the mice are cleaning… sorry went into Disney mode there, but somehow your mood lifts a little more each day as your evening becomes lighter.
However, this year is the first year that I can honestly say, damn you clock change!
For the last week, the boy does not want to sleep, and we’re blaming it on the clock change because it all started Sunday 25th March. It felt like we had only just got on top of bedtime routines and now I’m back to chasing a 2 year old round the living room at 8pm when I should be watching Netflix and chilling… actually chilling though, haven’t got the energy for the other by 8pm!!
Admittedly, over the last few months we’ve had some struggles when it comes to sleep. When he reached two and half, he started with nightmares, which we know is common when children reach this age due to their imaginations becoming more active (Check out Phil’s ‘Cooking on Gas’ blog). So, having a full night’s sleep has been touch and go at times, but not wanting to go to bed and sleep at all, is a new one on us.
Tired of the nightly struggle, I fired up my laptop and searched clock change and effects on children’s sleeping patterns and came across a great website called Baby and Toddler Show. Here, there is a short piece written by Mandy Gurney, the Founder of Millpond Children’s Sleep Clinic.
According to Gurney, some peoples body clocks can adjust to the time change quite quickly were some cant, like my little boy. So, to support this change she suggests a simple method to help your little ones adjust to the time difference.
Her method is this. Leading up to the clock change, for two weeks, adjust your regime by 15 minutes doing it slowly over a period of 3 – 4 days. This means, tea time, bath time, story time and general winding down to bedtime, will all be 15 minutes earlier than your usual time. The aim of this is to adjust the body clock slowly, so when it comes to clock change two weeks after, there should be no disruptions.
Although, we were a little late in our preparations, we’ve started doing this, and it has worked! Now, you could argue the late nights have probably caught up on him which is why he’s back to falling asleep at a respectable time, but we won’t know this for sure until next time. Either way, I’ll be following this method next Spring… and if it doesn’t work then God only knows what measure I might have to resort too! 😉