How daylight savings time affects children

There is an old saying “fall backward”, “spring forward” meaning in the Fall we set our clocks backwards an hour gaining an extra hour of rest and in the Spring we set them one hour ahead therefore losing that hour of rest.  Sounds confusing, imagine how our bodies are feeling and for children it can be even more taxing.  Setting the clock backwards marks the end of daylight savings time, and so that you can rest a little easier I’ll share some tips with you on how to get through this.


Adjust the time that your child wakes up and goes to bed, making it later, you don’t want them to go to bed too early because they will in turn wake up early.  This will throw their sleep pattern off.  


The end of daylight savings time means that it will get dark earlier, so it’s important to make sure there is proper lightning in your child’s room.   This all has something to do with the hormone Melatonin that controls our so-called internal clock, ( when it’s dark outside it tells the body to go to sleep and when it’s light it increases our alertness.


And please be patient, for a few days your child may seem  a little irritable and fatigued due to the change in their routine.

Okay, now we are ready to make that transition.




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I am Dr. Martha Higgins, but my friends call me "Doc". I teach physical education to elementary students and have been doing so for the past 15 years.
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8 Responses to How daylight savings time affects children

  1. Reblogged this on ' Ace Friends News ' and commented:
    Great post and never thought about affect on children until now my friends on here will enjoy this post … Ian 😀

  2. My friend Brittius just added a great comment on your time piece … on my blog – Apologies for play on words .., Ian

  3. Thanks for your recent follow. I really enjoyed this post. I wish we could do away with dlst…some states already gave.

  4. petrel41 says:


    I have nominated your blog for the Real Neat Blog Award.

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  5. petrel41 says:

    Well deserved 🙂 Best wishes for you and your blog!

  6. Being patient is the best advice. Kids need to know they can make mistakes as they work towards getting it right. great post! c

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