Daylight Saving Time Ends: Help Your Family Fall Back Without Stress

Daylight Saving Time Ends: Help Your Family Fall Back Without Stress

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Tips to help your family fall back as as daylight saving time 2017 ends.

Get ready to set the clocks back on Sunday, Nov. 5 as daylight saving time 2017 ends at 2am. While many of us are rejoicing in that extra hour of sleep, the time change can pose some challenges. But don’t worry, there are ways to make sure that falling back is a breeze for the entire family. We've gathered tips to help your family sleep, stay healthy, and be safe.
 

Sleep

Setting the clocks back one hour means the sun goes down and comes up earlier, and that can definitely mess with your family’s sleep schedule.

Help everyone get some shut-eye by:

  • Controlling the light. Keep your family from getting tired too early by bringing more light into the house in the evening hours. Experts suggest choosing bulbs based on color temperature, with 4100 Kelvin being the ideal. Conversely, keep the sunlight out in the wee hours by investing in some blackout shades for the bedroom.
     
  • Going to bed at the same time. The best way for your body to adjust is to keep your bedtimes consistent. That means going to bed and getting up at the same time every day—even on the weekends (sorry!).
     
  • Sticking with routines. Continue to have your children’s meals, snacks, and naps at the same time as usual. Even if they get up at the crack of dawn and demand breakfast ASAP, make them wait. 


Safety

Navigating can be harder when the sun sets, and once the time change occurs, it will start getting dark around 4:45pm. In fact, pedestrians walking around at dusk are nearly three times more likely to be struck and killed by cars in the days following the end of daylight saving time than just before the time change.

Make sure everyone gets home safe by:

  • Reviewing the route. If your child walks home or to nearby transportation, be sure to go over those common routes when the sun sets to ensure they know where they’re going.
     
  • Utilizing mini flashlights. Buy a small flashlight that can be easily hooked onto a keychain or backpack.
     
  • Attaching reflectors. Not only should all bikes and scooters have them, but pedestrians should also wear them on clothing. Safetyreflectors.com has an array of products, from arm bands and waist belts to key rings and zipper tags, to ensure cars see a child crossing the street. 


Health

The colder (and darker) months can wreak havoc on everyone’s health. Not only is it cold and flu season, but there’s also a higher likelihood of developing seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

Keep the whole family healthy by:

  • Moving together. Take advantage of that extra hour of daylight with a brisk early morning walk—the whole family can do it together. Don’t want to bundle up? Do some yoga or an exercise DVD in the comfort of your own home. Exercising during the day can help boost everyone’s mood and help your family sleep soundly later on.
     
  • Getting some vitamin D. The decrease in sunlight means less exposure to ultraviolet B (UVB) rays and less vitamin D, which is needed for a healthy immune system. Eat vitamin D-rich foods like fatty fishes and fish oils such as salmon, mackerel, and cod liver oil. You can also get vitamin D through egg yolks, vitamin D-fortified milk, and other dairy products. Consider talking to your own doctor, as well as your child’s pediatrician, about a daily multivitamin or vitamin D supplement that contains the recommended 600 IU of vitamin D (for ages 1 and older).
     
  • Buying in-season veggies. The end of summer doesn’t mean the end of fresh produce. Beets, broccoli, sweet potatoes, carrots, eggplants, and kale are just a few of the vegetables that are better in the fall—and are super-healthy for your family. 
     

How will you help your family fall back?


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