Daylight savings is not my friend

Posted 11-6-2012 at 11:58 AM by whitneywalters

Fall is here and that means the time has come to turn our clocks back again. I dread day light savings  every time is comes around.  It throws my kids sleep schedule off for at least a month. I never thought something as small as an hour would be able to totally throw them off the way it does.

It seems to affect my three year old the worst. Kairi is not a good sleeper to begin with and this makes it even worse. If naps beyond a certain hour of the day, she will be awake till the wee hours of the morning, if she doesn’t nap then we fight to keep her awake till bedtime. If we try letting her go to sleep a little early then she wakes up at midnight and is up for hours. Trying to readjust her schedule when daylight savings comes around is a nightmare.

The older two normally go to bed at eight o’clock  let them stay up much later and bed time is not fun. My son gets wound up when he is tired and does not want to wind down to go to sleep. He will come up with reason after reason to come down stairs after I put him to bed. Even though he is getting less sleep them he normally does because he won’t go to bed, he still gets up early and then is cranky all day long. My daughter on the other hand turns into an emotional mess when over tired. She cries at the drop of a hat and it can take a long time to calm her down.

As for the baby, she seems unfazed by it so far. I am sure that will change as she gets a little older. I just need to get used to less sleep around day light savings until my kids are grown!

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7 Responses to “Daylight savings is not my friend”

  1. Pixi6s on November 7th, 2012 6:10 am


    We really need to get rid on Daylight savings, instead of moving it around. It’s outdated! I feared it as well but luckily we’ve only had one early morning. Hopefully the only one.

    My son will also wake up early if he goes to bed too late. The Sleep books will tell you that if you need/want your kids to sleep longer, put them to bed earlier, I think that is true in a lot of cases.

  2. MaterofJacob on November 7th, 2012 12:34 pm


    Ugh, I’m with you Mama! Everyone else is all excited about an extra hour of sleep for one night while I’m dreading loosing at least an hour of sleep every morning until my 21 month old adjusts. He wakes up around 7:30am not daylight savings time. Which is 6:30am when it is daylight savings. But then because everything is wonky sometimes its earlier… like the 5:30am wake up I had the other day -_-

  3. jbow345305 on November 7th, 2012 7:11 pm


    In an effort to embrace those things I cannot change, I have found the good in daylight savings time this year. Granted, I get to stay home with my girls all day and so my approach may not work for working mothers who don’t get home until later in the evening. But my 3 year old (who has been boycotting naps for the past 6 months even though she desperately needs them) and my 9 month old are also getting up an hour earlier (7-7:30am instead of 8-8:30 am). I do not like getting up earlier, but I also know being upset about it will only contribute to everyone’s anxiety. Instead, I am allowing myself to experience a new cycle and find joy in it. Instead of 7:30-8pm bedtimes we now have 6:30-7pm bedtimes. It’s dark, they’re ready, they get up with the sun regardless of what time they go to bed so at least this way they’re a little more rested. I now find myself with an extra hour in the evenings to get my never-ending “to do list” accomplished or to just spend some quiet time in meditation.

  4. badhayrday on November 9th, 2012 1:54 pm


    I HATE daylight savings time. My kids have a hard time with it but I myself am having a horrible time adjusting this year. I am completely out of whack this week. UGH! I would so vote to get rid of it if given the chance.

  5. badhayrday on November 9th, 2012 1:59 pm


    To jbow I think I’m going to have to try that. We’re all up an hour earlier because of the sun and there’s nothing I can do about that so I may as well put everyone to bed earlier and enjoy the quiet. Like you said they are ready when it gets dark so why do we always think we need to “retrain” them to keep the same bed time on the clock. Hmm I’m going to tell DH this is the new plan.

  6. disneyfan on November 10th, 2012 7:05 pm


    I am so sorry that it is stressful for you mama!

    I am very fortunate as I live in a place with no daylight savings time – the only change for us is that our TV shows come on at a different time!

  7. HRamey on November 18th, 2012 2:04 pm


    Same thing happened to us a ten month old cant tell time. So he effectively is still on his schedule, but everyone’s around him changed it’s been very trying

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