How does the time change affect those with #Autism?

I write about this twice a year, every year, because I hate it each and every time, no pun intended.

Twice a year we move the clocks either forward or backwards. This is known to us as the dreaded time change. I use the word dreaded because it’s a really unpleasant time in the Lost and Tired household.

I have a wife and 3 children on the #Autism spectrum and they never handle the change of time well. 

Their sleep cycles are all thrown off and typically, it takes a few weeks for them to ever so slowly adjust. Until they finally adjust, it means very early mornings.


Today began at 3 am, with Elliott waking up and being unable to fall back asleep.

We go through this every time.  The only one who didn’t seem to be affected by this was Gavin.

I thought we could share our distain for the enemy known as time change.  Do your kids struggle with it? How long does it take for them to adjust?

Please share in the comments below. 🙂

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Father to 3 with Autism and husband to my best friend. Oh...and creator fo this blog. :-)


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Yeah, my son did not get the memo on the "extra hour of sleep".  Monday he was up at 530 for school…since his body thinks it's 630 :S  LOL I am one to take every minute of sleep I can get!


@Melisssssa same here 🙂

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Before the time change I dragged him out of bed at 7:30. Now he wakes at 6 or before. Its a conspiracy.


Thats why I live in AZ. In our part of the state we don’t change time. It makes life a little easier until I have to call someone in another state. It can be very difficult though. What makes life difficult here for us though is having to switch from summer to winter clothes and back again. The kids hate going from everything short and having air on their skin to having everything long and feeling constricted. I just can’t win


Fall time changing isn’t as bad as the Spring. However, these time changes affects not only my daughter. BTW, Russia apparently  stopped that nonsense about a couple of years ago, so it confuses me what time it is there even more when I call my brother.


As kids we hate this soooo much that my dad got tired of our continuous whining and had us write letters to Governor Mills Godwin to ask that Virginia not participate in DLST until school was out for the summer (we were going to bed when the sun was still up).  He actually wrote back and apologized for the problems we had with DLST, but that it was put in place for adults,  not for children.  In other words: SUFFER! So we did.