While daylight savings time may provide us with an added hour of evening sun in the Summer months, it certainly doesn’t save my sanity.
For as long as I can remember, the twice-a-year tradition has sparked the same old controversial conversation: do we get to sleep in, or do we have to wake up earlier once the clocks have changed? And this question has usually led to a long-winded tongue twister about feelings.
“OK, so if we set the clocks forward, then it feels like it’s 6am, but really it’s 7am.”
“No, no, no, it’s feels like we’re getting up earlier, not sleeping in…”
“Wait, ok so the one in October, feels like we’re sleeping in?”
The queries drive my husband nuts, and make my head spin. I just want to know if I’m going to get an extra hour of sleep!
When you’re a parent, earning an extra hour of sleep is more of a win than actually winning the lottery. Sleep is sacred – and seldom.
So when the universe doles us a bad hand, and our calculations conclude that not only are we “losing an hour of sleep”, but our children are going to lose their minds trying to make sense of the extra daylight at bedtime – responding like a wild pack of blood-hungry zombies, of course we’re going to experience all sorts of feelings.
When it comes to the bi-annual tradition of time change, I know I’m not the only mama who changes the clocks with her fingers crossed, hoping that this is the one that will save my sanity and grant me that extra 60 minutes of sleep.
Unfortunately, this is not the blessed time. Because when my kids wake me up bright and early at 6:30am tomorrow morning, it will feel like 5:30am.
I’m off to “Spring forward” to a week’s worth of sleepless nights and my sanity will not be spared.