Easing Into the Time Change

by Alice Zvacek

My kids struggle with daylight saving time, and so do I. We're all out of sorts until our body rhythms catch up. It helps to de-stress and aim for restful evenings during the week of the time change, saying no to extra evening activities. Here are two additional ways I've helped my family spring forward:

Going gradually. Starting a week ahead, we move bedtime 10 or 15 minutes earlier every other night. This makes the change slower and easier to process. (It also works for adjusting to a back-to-school schedule in the fall.)

Moving up the change. Another option is to change the clocks on Friday night. We go to bed earlier on Friday, which starts the change process earlier and lessens the impact on Monday morning — when the time change would otherwise hit us hardest.


This article appeared in the March/April 2014 issue of Thriving Family magazine. Copyright © 2014 by Alice Zvacek. Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.


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