I hate the time change. I hate it with every fiber of my being. Arbitrarily changing the time forward and backwards is not compatible with raising children that have #Autism.
In my experience, their bodies don’t adjust easily to the change.
In fact, it takes my kids weeks, yes I said weeks, to adjust to the change. During that time, I’ll experience nights like the one I had last night. The kids will wake up in the middle night and not be able to go back to sleep.
Last night happen to be Elliott’s turn.
I was already sleeping on the couch so that Lizze had a better chance of sleeping.
Elliott came down at like 3am and would go back to sleep.
It’s like that 1 hour change in time, throws them completely out of balance. Their entire sleep cycle is disrupted and it takes awhile to get things back to an equilibrium.
I understand the purpose of falling back and springing forward but holy shit does it have unintended consequences. I also pretty sure that whoever had that bright idea in the first place, was not a special needs parent.
that’s why I always start changing the time myself a week or two ahead of time. I change the clocks 30 mins to an hour and get used to it over time, that way when it comes it’s not so drastic.
It’s probably worse for kids with autism. But it screws with the life of all children. Children do not adapt quickly to this stupidity – no matter what.
It can be anything that does that, not just the time change. Have you heard of Metatonin. It helps my son go to sleep at night. The doctor just told me that if he wakes up in the night I can help him go back to sleep by giving him a half a tablet.
@PatriciaShaver very familiar with melatonin. You’re absolutely right. Anything can cause this. For us right now, it’s the time change. 🙁
I once read a quote attributed to a Native Indian about the whole daylight savings time thing. It said “Only a white man would think he could cut the end off a blanket, sew it to the other end, and think he was getting a bigger blanket.”
@Jenn50 that’s awesome and a perfect analogy. Thanks