Daylight Saving Time can impact children’s health

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Waking up on the first day of Daylight Saving Time is hard, and it’s much harder for those younger kiddos.

Easton Kent was born with a microdeletion in chromosome 19p13.12

“One of the major factors of that is low muscle tone,” said Easton’s mother Jessica. “And low muscle tone affects everything that he does and makes him extra sleepy.”

Because of the microdeletion, sleep is imperative to Eason’ts overall function.

And he stays on a very tight sleep schedule, 

“So he takes two to three hour naps everyday and sleeps about eleven to twelve hours every night,” said Jessica. “He does have seizures when he becomes overly tired, it affects his immune system. So everything he does, he needs a lot of sleep.”

Daylight Saving Time puts a wrench in Easton’s routine, and Emily Owens from Hamilton Center says the adjustment could take a few days.

“It could even last a week or two. It takes time to get back into that structure,” she said.

Baby Calvin Wells is going through a lot of sleep routine changes, and now Daylight Saving is keeping him up.

“We’re also getting ready to work on getting ready to switch him to his crib in his own room,” said Calvin’s mother Kristen. “So that with the mix of the time change should be interesting. Hopefully he does okay with it. He’s been getting some teeth lately too so that’s affecting his sleep as well.”

Calvin’s lack of sleep isn’t necessarily making him a sleepy baby, he seems to have more energy.

Owens says this is normal when sleep patterns are interrupted, “The parents should look for them being more tired than usual, and possibly more hyper than usual. Depending on if they’re getting enough sleep or not it can have the alternative effects”

Owens suggests a bed time routine, something Kristen has been reinforcing in preparation for the time change.

“He’ll get a little lotion massage before bed and then he gets his night clothes on,” she said. “Then he eats and then he goes to bed.”

Jessica has been putting Easton and his sister Zooey to bed fifteen minutes early every night to help form a new Spring routine.

And soon everyone in the Kent household should be back on track.

“I’m sure after the first day or two she’ll get back into the routine,” she said. “Easton might be the one that might struggle a little bit more.”

Owens says Daylight Saving Time can also impact children with anxiety, depression and sensory disorders.

She suggests putting away all electronic devices an hour before bed and keeping the room as cool and comfortable as possilble to promote relaxation during the time change.

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