Saturday, November 6, 2010

Fall Time Change: Losing Sleep Over Gaining an Hour

When I moved to the Netherlands 15 years ago, no one told me about the fall time change which happened just a couple of months after I'd moved there.  I didn't read or speak Dutch, so I wasn't in tune with how these things usually get communicated...local news, newspapers, calendars, etc.  They did it sooner than we did, so I also didn't have my mother to call me every day the week before to remind me.

I showed up to work on Monday and wondered where everyone was.  Meaning that I had managed to spend all of Sunday un-clued-in to the time change.  That's how I always remember that with the "fall back" you will be early if you forget, but in the spring you'll miss your plane/train/meeting if you forget.

Audrey is an early riser as it is, and the fall time change means that she's getting up at 5:00-5:30 for what seems like months.  It takes her FOREVER to adjust to it.  I seem to remember in past years being well into December and still attributing her surliness to the time change.  Why is it that in the spring I'm never treated to 6 weeks of sleeping-in when we "spring forward"?

This is the 912,856th way that my life has changed since having Audrey.  I used to love getting the extra hour of sleep in the fall and hate losing an hour in the spring.  Like so many other things in my life, this has now been turned upside down.  But as wake-up calls go, she much cuter than an alarm clock....even at 5:00am.

18 comments:

  1. Ahhh yes, the elbow in the neck at 5am. Enjoy it!
    I will be extra sure that the gate on Little Bird's door is latched extra tight!

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  2. My kid? Not an issue anymore. Instead of sleeping till 1 pm, she'll probably sleep till.... heh... 1 pm? Maybe she won't be so crabby tho. ;p

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  3. I'm right there with you.. only I'll be up all night with a newborn who hasn't figured out the sleep when it's dark thing...and then my 4 year old will be up at the break of 5... I see meltdowns by mommy by Wednesday...

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  4. Ohhhh how I hope my kids will just sleepsleepsleep. Sleep is definitely one of the things I miss most. =) But you're right, they are much cuter than the alarm!

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  5. @Heather: Ok, I don't feel sorry for myself anymore. I hope you manage to get a few hours in a row!!!

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  6. I've been having a HORRIBLE time getting my daughter up for school. So I'm really looking forward to the time change!

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  7. I feel ya. Georgia will take until Spring Forward to adjust... I hate the time change.

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  8. I wish I could give you some of my sleep.

    But this will get better.
    And then you may even miss the morning elbow?

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  9. My husband is still adjusting to the spring ahead change. The fall change screws him up as well. It's just a stupid thing. Don't know why it's necessary.

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  10. I'll never forget that one night in college, I was at a Halloween party and it was 2:00am, but then suddenly it was 1:00am again and I had a whole other hour to party some more! Those were good times...

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  11. Maybe we should swap kids for a week. You can get some sleep and my ears can stop bleeding.

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  12. I agree with jillsmo, that's the only good thing I'ver seen come of Fall back: that extra hour I got in the bar during that one night every year. Now it's just another night that I spend arguing w/ my kids, 'But it's really the middle of the night! Go back to sleep!' And I never win. Never have. Never will. They, too, will adjust right around Spring ahead. Grand! :)

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  13. It's refreshing just knowing that someone else out there deals with the same issues Cody and I do when time changes.

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  14. I dread it too, because my kids take weeks to adjust to it, but worse? It totally screws with Dementia patients... Nettie is gonna be getting naked and putting herself to bed as soon as it starts getting dark, which will be around 3:30 pm.

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  15. tUghhh I totally hear you
    To add to our woes we are in the west coast this week
    which means there is a 4 hour time difference
    Which R does not respect
    Which means we have been up since 3.45 am

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  16. Here in Arizona we don't even do the time change. Ever. I love it! I just have to remember if Texas time is one hour ahead or two hours, depending on their time change.

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  17. Dave and I were just having this conversation, as the kids woke us up at 5:45. Those people who talk about "getting an extra hour of sleep!" on the news, at church, etc. clearly don't have children.

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  18. Move to Japan. They don't have this Daylight Saving mishegas.

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