The Life of a Home Mom

Guest Post: Setting Your Clocks Back

It’s official, Daylight Savings Time is ending this weekend, and on Sunday it will be time to set our clocks back one hour. Remember Fall back (that’s us on Sunday) and Spring forward.

Of course, some of our devices aren’t able to change themselves (most electronic devices will but make sure), which means we will have to change them ourselves. The good news about this time change, is you get to have an extra hour of sleep tonight. Enjoy it!

But just so you know not every place needs to set their clocks back an hour, Arizona and Hawaii always stay at the same time, no matter what season. If you live in an area that does set its clocks back just think, you will have an extra hour to sleep. But just for tonight.

Not everyone likes the time change. Do you?

Time Changes for the Future

  • November 7, 2021
  • November 6, 2022
  • November 5, 2023
  • November 3, 2024
  • November 2, 2025
  • November 1, 2026
  • November 7, 2027

Tips on Getting Re-adjusted to Time Change

  • Trick your body – Get that extra hour of sleep by setting back your clock back now and going to bed an hour earlier. Go to bed at 10 pm instead of your normal 11pm. Another tip would be not to set your clock for Sunday (Unless you need to for work) and just sleep in like you normally would so you get that extra hour.
  • Go to bed 15 minutes earlier -If you have kids you may want to extend their bedtime by 15 minutes each day about a week before DST ends until they are adjusted. This will make this go much smoother. For my kids they seem to enjoy the later bedtime but it is when we Spring forward my kids struggle with. When that happens just do the opposite, instead of 15 minutes later start them going to bed by 15 minutes sooner a week prior.
  • Get plenty of rest – Our body’s hate changes back and forth with the time change. In fact, it needs at least 7-9 hours worth of sleep to fully recharge. One reason many people feel they aren’t getting enough sleep is that they really aren’t.
  • Limit distractions – Tell the kids lights out at a certain time and stick to it. No excuses. Try limiting distractions. Keep an electronics box on the dining room table or in the living room so both parents and children won’t be interrupted during their sleep cycle. That tiny screen sends out a light blue or white light every time a notification goes off which tends to wake us even if we don’t realize it.
  • Switch your lightbulbs to LED lights – If you are struggling during Fall to wake up try putting in an LED light so it makes it seem brighter. Fall tends to stay darker longer and without the sun shining as often as it did during DST we are all having a hard time teaching our brain that it is time to get up.
  • Exercise before bed – Go on a nightly walk an hour before bed. This will help wind everyone down and tire out the kids. Plus it’ll give everyone some quality time together. No phones.

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