Saying Farewell to Daylight Savings

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Clock Daylight savings ends this Sunday in Australia and the five time zones once again become three. Unlike the beginning of daylight savings, which can be a pesky transition for us all, moving the clocks back seems to be the easiest on our bodies, with the lovely benefit of an extra hour of sleep on the first night! So how best to handle sleep in your household this week? For adults, get yourselves to bed at your usual time on the changeover night and THEN reset your alarm clock. Resist the temptation to leap back out of bed and do an extra bit of work or catch up on some telly TV. The next day, everyone should get up at their ‘normal’ time, but once you’re all up and about, then go around changing all the household clocks. (This tactic minimises the shock at seeing the kids get up at the new “5am”!) For little ones – our advice is to “split the difference” – adjust sleep-times by just 30 minutes. If their nap is usually at 9.30am, simply adjust this to 9am for around 3 days, and do the same with the afternoon nap. For a 7pm bedtime, bring this forward to 6.30pm. Remember that for your bubs, it will still feel an hour later, so it will be a bit of a push for them. Around the 4th day, revert to their usual schedule, going by the actual clock. It can take about a week for everyone’s body clocks to naturally reset and become used to the change in sleeping habits. Dr Doug McEvoy, an Australian sleep physician from the Sleep Health Foundation, says the best thing you can do is follow the sun. “Over the next week you should get as much bright light exposure first thing in the morning to help reset the body clock. This may mean having breakfast on your patio or not wearing sunglasses on your way to work,” he says. Make the most of the additional morning light by taking the whole family for a pre-breakfast walk, or try some yoga on the deck. Soon the darkness will draw in that little bit faster and the evenings will become chilly, and despite the mucking about with our body clocks during daylight savings transitions, we may just find ourselves missing those long summer nights.

Saying Farewell to Daylight Savings
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