So it has been about two weeks since the end of Daylight Savings Time. My post on this topic generated a lot of interest, so I’m curious how this played out for the readers of my blog. This is super unscientific. The polling tool doesn’t make it easy for me to, say, tease out differences between multiple children or factor in age.
I can tell you my experience. I have two and five-year old boys. I kept them up late for the two nights before “falling back” by 30 minutes on the first night and 45 on the second. I couldn’t follow my own plan as pushing back an hour over two days was not possible for my kids– they got too cranky. For the first morning, they actually slept in to 7 AM new time which was our desired wake time. Then, over the next few days, they started getting up earlier (as early as 5:30 AM for the 2 yo and 6:15 AM for the 5 yo) and now are getting up between 6:30 and 6:45 AM, which is fine. Interestingly, the five-year old has had some nocturnal and early AM awakenings which are unusual for him.
I’m really curious to hear about your experiences. Please share them in the comments. There is little in the pediatric literature on this topic so I may actually put together a more scientific survey next year. I know from clinical experience that some children with developmental issues, especially autism, can have severe disruption associated with this; for a first hand description of this, read this dad’s recent blog post, so I would be especially interested in the perspective of the parents of autistic children.