Daylight saving starts this year on 26th March at 1am. As our clocks ‘spring’ forward, so begins the march towards British summertime. But that’s not good news for everyone – changes in temperature, lighter evenings and more allergens can signify that uncomfortable nights and poor sleep lie ahead, especially for tots and toddlers. As well as simple lifestyle changes, there are also some handy products available to combat these spring/summer sleep hazards in preparation for the changing seasons.
Regulate sleep patterns with blackout blinds: Sunlight is very beneficial to the human body – but not at night time – and certainly not as we head into spring/summer when extra daylight can disrupt established sleep patterns. Light stimulates the brain to produce energising hormones like cortisol. Conversely it delays the production of melatonin – the hormone needed to induce sleep. Melatonin will only be released into the system when it’s dark so to aid sleep, create artificial darkness with blackout blinds or curtains with a heavy lining. They’ll block natural light and trick the body into believing it’s night time, allowing melatonin to work its magic and for your little one to have a good night’s sleep.