It’s that time of year again where we have to fall back when it comes to the clock (it’s helped me remember the time change as spring forward, fall back). So at 2 am on Sunday, November 1, 2020, we will have to turn our clocks back 1 hour to end daylight savings time. This basically means it gets darker faster as we lose daylight. It can be a very hard transition as this time of year brings about a sense of loss as our days grow shorter, the weather changes and the like.
But don’t mourn the loss of great weather (hello, we live in So. Cal), the time to exercise or just enough tie to get things done because the end of daylight savings doesn’t have to disrupt your life (or the life of your family). Here are some tips on how to master the disruption that this time change sometimes brings.
Embrace the darkness
There’s nothing to be done as we lose extra sunlight this time of year. It’s a natural thing and while we can’t control it, we can change how we feel about it. To continue to thrive during the darker times of the year, it’s just better to just embrace the darkness. This time of year can bring about seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which is a type of depression that is related to seasonal changes. The extra darkness causes people to feel down and gloomy. Seek help if you or a family member is experiencing severe depression during this time of year (as opposed to all the time). To perk up your family because of the time change, you can make the darkness fun. Create a cozy home environment and make it a family ritual this time of year to drink hot beverages, put on favorite movies and have the fireplace running.
Start Getting Used To The Change Gradually
To help your family get used to the time difference, you can move bedtime up about 10 to 15 minutes earlier each night about three days before the end of the time change. Then bedtime should be back to normal a few days later.
Limit The Amount Of Blue Light
Limit screen time, TV time and other screen type an hour before bed to help with the body’s natural sleep rhythms. Blue light can block melatonin, which is a hormone that our bodies produce to help us get ready to go to sleep.
Have A Late Bedtime For A While
If your kids can’t go to bed earlier, instead of fighting it, just let them go to bed later than usual. Do soothing activities before bed like reading, listening to music and taking the time to cuddle more. Their bodies will eventually get used to the time change and go back to their normal sleep routine before Daylight Savings ended.