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I have to say I do love fall! It's my very favorite season.
The cooler weather.
The beautiful fall colors.
The smell of pumpkin bread baking.
All things that make me happy!
But, as a sleep consultant, there's one thing I hate about fall...when we have to change the clocks!
Although this time change isn't as terrible for our bodies as when Daylight Saving Time begins in the spring, it's still hard on all of us and even affects our health.
Here's some tips to help ease the pain with your little ones!
Daylight savings ends in the fall season each year. This year it ends November 4th.
It will be time to “fall back” the clocks. It can be a dreaded time for parents of young children because with this, comes an adjustment that does not happen immediately.
This is because children tend to be more structured in their bedtime and wake up around the same time each morning and that is why people usually can see a greater effect on children when the time changes.
However there are some things you can do to help make the transition to the new time go a little smoother. My recommendation is to leave your clocks alone Saturday night.
Wake up Sunday morning, have breakfast, then go around your house and change your clocks. Psychologically, it will feel much better for everyone if you wait until Sunday morning to change the time.
My best advice for children to help them with the change is to split the difference with the old time and the new time. How does that work?
School Age Children
If you have a child that does not nap and normally goes to bed at 7:00 pm, you would put him to bed at 6:30 pm on Sunday night, the first night of the time change.
Do this for 3 nights, putting him to bed 30 minutes earlier than normal, then on the 4th night put him to bed at the normal time, 7:00 pm or whatever is normal bedtime for your child.
If you have a toddler ages one and older, on Sunday the first day of the time change, you would put him down for his first nap 30 minutes earlier than normal. So if he naps usually at 9:30 am put him down at 9:00 am.
You would do the same with the afternoon nap if he takes an afternoon nap.
For bedtime, if his normal bedtime is 7:00 pm, you would put him down at 6:30 pm. Do this for 3 nights after the time change and then on the 4th night, put him to bed at 7:00 pm and on 5th day move nap times back to normal time.
So if your child naps at 9:30 am put him down at 9:30 am and so on with the rest of the day.
If you have a baby and his bedtime and naps have become predictable (usually over 6 months old) meaning he is always going to bed around the same time each day.
For example if bedtime is normally 7:00 pm move bedtime 15 minutes later each night until you reach the normal time again. So the first night you would put him down at 6:15 pm, the second night 6:30 pm, and so on.
On the fourth night you should be back to 7:00 pm Do the same thing for naps. Start 45 minutes earlier than normal and move them 15 minutes later each day.
So if morning nap is at 9:00 am normally, start with 8:15 am on Sunday, 8:30 am on Monday, 8:45 am on Tuesday and then 9:00 am on Wednesday.
Do the same for the afternoon nap.
If their bedtime and nap times are not predictable (0-6 months old) simply jump to the new time Sunday night as if you were traveling to a new time zone and use their wake time window (awake time between sleep periods) as your guide.
A great thing about this time change is that there are more hours of darkness which helps make this transition a little easier.
If your child wakes up too early, walk them back to their room and tell them it’s not time to get up yet.
If your child wakes up too early and is in a crib, be sure to help his body understand it isn’t morning time by keeping him in his crib in the dark room until normal wake time.
Note for Toddlers/School-aged children
If you have a toddler or an older child who relies on a clock to know when their “morning time” has arrived, set the clock one half hour ahead of the new time so that it reads 7:00 am at the new time of 6:30 am.
Allow your child to wake a bit earlier than normal (they will think it is 7:00 am according to the clock but it will be 6:30 am, new time).
This will only be temporary as your child adjusts to wake at their usual 7:00 am time after about one or two weeks.
It may take children and babies a bit more time to fall asleep, this is normal, since the time is different initially they might seem tired earlier.
It usually takes about a week for children and babies to completely adjust to the new time, some children it can take up to a month.
Is your little one having trouble sleeping and it has nothing to do with the upcoming time change?
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Here's to an easy adjustment to the time change,
What a week!
Congratulations to those who took action and have gotten your babies sleeping through the night!
Thanks to those of you who took action and have gotten your babies sleeping well this week.
I'm always so inspired by you and all of your hard work to get your family the rest they need.
The world needs more people like you who are willing to do what it takes and say yes to a well-rested family.
It’s Inspring. YOU ARE INSPIRING.
Today I celebrate you by congratulating you on your success with your customized Sleep Solutions plan.
Sleep Solutions IS different.
Are you thinking, “Ok JoAnna, just how is Sleep Solutions so different?”
Results - No book. No Google search. No DIY for your baby's sleep is going to have your baby sleeping in a few short days.
Support - 3 weeks of expert sleep coaching so that you know exactly what to do every day of your plan.
Attention - You have daily access to me so that you get all of your questions answered and you never have to wonder if you're doing it right. I overdeliver like no one else and your results are proof of that attention to you and your baby.
Lasting - Teaching your child to sleep well is a gift that keeps on giving for their entire life.
So for those of you who have been waiting to teach your baby to sleep through the night, it's your time.
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It's October which means breast cancer awareness month.
My beautiful, amazing mom is a two time breast cancer survivor so this month is especially meaningful for me.
I'm keenly aware that breast cancer is a hideous beast and many families aren't as fortunate as ours.
She's the beauty in the picture above with my younger son, Colby.
I don't think she'll ever know how much I love her.
She's such an inspriration and guiding force in my life.
I'm eternally grateful to be her daughter and this week's newsletter is for her!
I know, I’ve said it a million times—and those experts keep backing me up! Sleep is critical to our health and well-being.
If we suffer from insomnia we know without even having to read about it that it leads to irritability, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and memory loss as well as a host of other issues.
If you don’t sleep well, you will be far more likely to snap at your kids when they drop their clothes on the floor or at your spouse for forgetting to buy apples. You will also be more likely to forget where you put your keys and might even blank out when you’re trying to do a presentation at work.
How many of us have stood in the pasta aisle of the grocery store in a sleepless haze, suddenly clueless about why we went down there…did we need sauce? Noodles? Parmesan?
It can be easy to brush these things aside as minor annoyances if we’re intent on keeping our busy life going at breakneck speed and not making enough time for sleep.
But now, more and more studies are finding that there might be long-lasting benefits to getting the average seven to eight hours of sleep we need every night: reduced chance of high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity, just to name a few.
And if that isn’t enough to convince you, there is a new study that shows that sleeping well can even improve your chances of breast cancer survival.
Dr. Amanda Phipps, along with other researchers, has discovered a link between women who died of breast cancer and poor sleep habits pre-diagnosis.
She used data from approximately 7,500 Women’s Health Initiative study participants who had been diagnosed with breast cancer and found that the women who slept less than five hours a night (which constitutes fairly severe sleep deprivation) before their diagnosis had about one and a half times the increased risk of dying from their disease compared to women with breast cancer who said they slept the recommended amount of sleep a night.
They didn’t collect sleep data from women after their diagnosis, because the stress of having cancer and going through treatment can cause sleep issues.
According to the Huffington Post, another study found that women at high risk of breast cancer had a shifted cortisol cycle.
Cortisol is a hormone that helps regulate the immune system and has an effect on cells that help fight cancer. It usually reaches peak levels at dawn and then declines during the day, so it can be disrupted if a person isn’t sleeping well.
Melatonin, which is also used by the brain while we sleep, is an anti-oxidant that can help prevent damage to DNA that can lead to cancer. It also slows production of oestrogen, which can encourage cancerous breast and ovarian cancers to keep dividing.
So there you have it; even more reason to start getting to the bottom of why you aren’t sleeping well.
Developing new sleep habits could change your whole life by making you healthier and happier. And in some cases, it could even save your life.
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Here's to a healthy family,
Jo Anna Inks
I help tired, frustrated parents get their babies sleeping through the night and napping well so everyone in the family can get the rest they so desperately need!