Daylight Savings Time ends for most of North America on the first Sunday in November.
But why do we change our clocks by one hour in the spring in the first place?
Well, the idea is to adjust daylight hours to when most people are awake and about. During Daylight Savings Time months, there’s less light in the morning and more light in the evening. But as the days get shorter during the colder months, it makes more sense to utilize the sunlight in the morning.
In the spring, the clock jumps forward from 2:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. and the day has 23 hours. In the autumn, the clock jumps backward from 2:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m., repeating that hour with a 25-hour day.
With children, even kids who do not know how to tell time are affected by Daylight Savings Time clock changes, because the change of one hour means that scheduled activities shift as well.
Here are some tips to help children adjust to time changes:
• Spending time outside will help, because daylight can help body rhythms.
• Exercise and physical movement helps people respond to changes in their world.
• Quiet time helps the body understand new times without creating sleep problems.
• It is important to maintain the consistency of establishing bedtimes.
• The fall time change offers the opportunity to start habits of reading before bed.