Body clock also needs adjustment for time switch

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Daylight Saving Time is all about adjusting your clocks. Your body will need some adjustment too, though.

Springing forward means we will lose an hour of sleep. That switch can throw sleep schedules off. While that can cause problems for anyone, it is especially difficult for children, according to Dr. Deborah Givan with Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.

“It becomes problematic for our kids, because when you have light at the wrong time of day, that resets your body clock. So it makes it very difficult to fall asleep earlier,” Givan said.

There are steps parents can take to help kids with the transition. Dr. Givan said it’s important to still get young children to bed early, and not allow them to stay up later than normal. That, of course, can be challenging since it remains light longer. Givan said parents should make bedrooms as dark as possible to help children adjust to the switch.

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