Daylight saving time returns this weekend; big adjustment for school children

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DENVER -- Daylight saving time returns at 2 a.m. Sunday and it could mean bad news for Colorado schools.

Clocks will “spring forward” and while adjusting clocks is pretty simple, it’s a different story for your body clock, especially for children.

Studies show students who have an earlier start time -- and suffer from a small amount of sleep deprivation -- have trouble focusing on their work. And research shows them testing a grade below compared to when they're well rested.

This is particularly alarming because many Colorado students in grades 3 through 12 will have the state test PARCC on Monday.

Doctors say you can start doing things Friday night to make the adjustment better.

Move bedtime back in increments such as 15 minutes on Friday night and 30 minutes Saturday. By Monday, they might not notice it.

Also, prepare your child's bedroom for sleep. Make sure it's dark, cool and quiet, and free of electronics.

“About 50 percent of kids under the age of 5 have TVs in the bedroom and studies have shown that kids who have televisions in the bedroom get less sleep than those who don’t have televisions in the bedroom," sleep specialist Michelle Brock said.

Doctors also say let natural light wake your children in the morning. Allowing sunlight in will alert their bodies to the shift and help energize them more quickly.

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