Summer time and children: how to get used to them

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But will summer time return this year? If you are wondering, the answer is yes, it will be back again this year.

Summer time returns. Daylight saving time returns on the night between Saturday 31 March and Sunday 1 April. At 2 in the morning, the hands must be moved forward by an hour, at 3.

When does daylight saving time return?

On the night between Saturday Daylight saving time returns on 27 March and Sunday 28 March. At 2 in the morning it will be necessary to move the hands forward by an hour, at 3. Thus "losing" an hour of sleep. A small novelty that risks undermining everyone's rest, especially that of the little ones.

Change between summer or winter time: until when?

In the next years the change between summer time and standard time may no longer exist. Last September 2022, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced that the change between summer and winter time in 2022 could be one of the last.
In fact, this was the result of a mega-consultation that received 4,6 million votes from citizens with 80% in favor of abolishing the obligation of double hours in Europe. Most of the Northern countries voted not to have double hours. Already in 2022, the movement of the hands will be abolished, but each country will be able to decide independently whether to always adopt summer or winter time. There is time until April to decide which timetable to adopt. But to give the green light to the change, the approval (by March) of the European Parliament and Council is still required.

As explained to Adnkronos Salute by Italo Farnetani, from the University of our city Bicocca, there are about 250 thousand Del Paeseni children who will risk drowsiness, discontent and irritability. For them, in fact, this new timetable will have the effect of a trip "from our city to London, with all the ailments related to jet lag. But adults too will have problems. In practice, the biological clock of 60 million Del Paeseni will be busted ". The new schedules will expose children and adults to a risk of sleeplessness at night and sleepiness during the day.

An "emergency" which, according to the expert, falls within a week.

In this article

  • Summer time and children
  • How to get children used to change
  • Summer time and adults
  • When solar time returns

What does summer time involve in children?

Summer time has all the effects of a mini jet lag:

  • irritability,
  • fatigue,
  • discontent,
  • drowsiness.

Daylight saving time is more difficult to manage because, as the Healthday website explains, the body takes longer to adjust.

How to get children used to change?

  • with exercise
  • moving the time of the evening bed

As the expert explains, it is useless to wait for Sunday evening for bedtime. Better to play in advance. First of all, on Sunday you can take advantage of the good weather and take the children outdoors. Outside they exercise more, they get tired and sleep comes more easily. Or organize an afternoon of play (away from technology): play has the same effect.

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To help the baby's circadian rhythm at the new time, he will have to be sent to sleep an hour later on Sunday. So, if he is used to going to bed at 21pm, we will send him at 22pm. But starting the next day and for the next three evenings, "we will climb 20 minutes from time to time from the time the little one goes to bed" he concludes. the pediatrician. So Wednesday night he will go back to sleep at 21pm as if nothing had happened.

And what can adults do to get their circadian rhythm used to summer time?

  1. Choose a time to wake up and avoid 'wavering'.
  2. Go out in the morning and expose yourself to natural light.
  3. Exercise in the morning and not in the two to three hours before bedtime.
  4. Avoid alcohol, cell phones, and computers before bed.
  5. Keep the bedroom dark and quiet.
  6. If you wake up at night, try doing something relaxing that helps you fall asleep.
  7. According to expert Saul Rothenberg, of Northwell Health in Great Neck, with the change of hours it is advisable not to sleep more on Sunday mornings and to resist an eventual afternoon nap.

When will solar time return?

And if the solar time is already missing, don't worry, it will not be long in coming.

On the night between Saturday and Sunday 30 October 2022, at three in the morning the hands will go back one hour and we will recover the "stolen" sleep time in March.


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