How can you assist your children and pets in adjusting to the time change?
THE CITY OF PERRYSBURG, OHIO — The clocks will advance an hour on Sunday at 2 a.m., causing us to lose an hour of sleep. The transition is difficult for everyone, but it is especially difficult for children.
Doctors recommend that children sleep for 9 to 13 hours every night, depending on their age. While every child is different, there are a few simple symptoms to watch for that indicate your child isn't getting enough sleep:
Problems with memory
The quality of education is rapidly deteriorating.
If your child has these challenges, it's vital to put them to bed early or make sure they get enough sleep on Friday so they're already in a habit and won't be as affected by the spring forward.
Think about how their symptoms will develop worse with 1 hour less sleep, said Dr. Hassan Dbouk, a sleep specialist at Promedica.
Keeping your child's room dark, according to Dr. Dbouk, will also help them acclimatize to the shift.
I do recommend that they sleep in a completely dark room, with technology turned off at least an hour before bedtime. Most importantly, the room should be light when they wake up Dr. Dbouk stated
Pets are another group that may struggle to acclimatize to the change. Springing forward an hour is often simpler for pets to adjust to than falling back an hour in the fall, according to Dr. Huff of Midway Animal Hospital.
Generally, there aren't any problems with moving the feeding schedule an hour later, Dr. Huff said, but if you're able to, it's preferable to keep your pet on the same schedule.
If they now eat at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., feed them at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. after the time change. Many individuals feed their pets around their work schedules and are unable to adjust the change in feeding time, thus an automatic feeder for their dogs is a smart alternative he stated