How to stop the clocks going back affecting your child’s sleep
This Sunday sees the clocks turning back an hour
to mark the start of British winter time. For many parents, this
also means disruption to their child's sleeping pattern and an
extra challenge to ensure they still get their recommended 10 hours
A simple way to beat the clock, is changing your child's bedtime
Starting tonight, put your child to bed 20 minutes later than
usual to help them slowly adjust to the change. Do this each night
to Sunday so when Monday morning arrives, the new time zone won't
be as much of a shock to their system.
Earlier this month, we conducted a report with the University of
Leeds looking into the sleep of British children aged 6 - 11. We
found that many children in this age group get as little as seven
hours of sleep a night - despite the
NHS recommendation of ten hours. A staggering 83 per cent were
also found to be awake by 6.30am on a weekday, despite five per
cent still being awake at 10pm the night before.
As well as poor sleep routines, our research found technology to
be a key factor in lack of sleep amongst children, even from the
age of six. Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, emphasises the need for children
to be in a routine where they do not need to catch up at
Dr Nerina said: "Ideally all children and adults should be in a
routine when it comes to bedtime, so there shouldn't be any need to
catch up at weekends, but our recent report with the University of
Leeds found British children are simply not getting enough
Read the full findings our research here.
Do you feel the need to catch up on sleep on you precious
weekends? Join the conversation on Twitter @silentnightbeds.