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Adjust clocks, sleep for daylight saving time

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Dr. Gigi Chawla (right) recommends putting kids to bed 15 early each night leading up to daylight saving time in spring.

With daylight saving time in spring, clocks move ahead one hour, which makes 2 a.m. Sunday 3 a.m., literally in no time. Gigi Chawla, MD, senior medical director of primary care for Children’s Minnesota, shares tips with WCCO Mid-Morning hosts Kylie Bearse and Jason DeRusha that families can use to adjust to the change.

One hour might not seem like a big deal, but it can be for families that have to adhere to daycare, work and school schedules. It can be a challenge to get kids to bed earlier while the sun still shines, and waking them up in the morning on hour earlier can be equally difficult.

In advance of the early Sunday time change, put kids to bed 15 minutes sooner each night leading up to daylight saving time. This is especially important for young children. Teenagers are more likely to power through the time change without getting to bed earlier.


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What if you didn’t plan ahead and get to bed sooner? Then what? Signs of a lack of sleep include irritability, emotional distress, and difficulty focusing on learning in the classroom.

Just be patient. It may take a bit, but kids should adjust with a consistent schedule and proper rest.

Madeline Riggs