Fall back Sunday morning
If you’re feeling sleep deprived, this weekend was made for you. States across America will set their clocks back one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday to give everyone an extra hour of sleep.
Daylight Saving Time will end, which means that the sunny hours of the day will be earlier than they were before. Local school principals said the extra hour of sunlight in the morning is not only good for kids’ health, it’s also safer for them.
St. James Elementary Principal Teresa Beenblossom said she’s glad for the extra hour of sunlight in the morning because it will light the sidewalks the students take to walk to school or their bus stop.
“I think it’s always safer when you’ve got kids walking to school or riding the bus in the daylight,” she said. “The frightening part is where the sun is hitting the drivers who are out at that time.”
Beenblossom said her own children are disappointed that it gets dark sooner. Not only do they have less sunlight to play in, but they’ll lose a bargaining chip to stay up later.
“They like to argue that they can’t go to bed because it’s still light out,” she said. “Now they know it will be dark during bedtime.”
Beenblossom said that getting an extra hour of sleep means that some kids will have to go to bed even though they’re not tired, which makes it hard for them to fall asleep. However, she said that most of the problems with changing the clocks occur in the spring, when the kids lose an hour of sleep.
Lincoln Elementary School principal Dave Hoffman agreed with Beenblossom that the spring is when he really notices the change in the students’ behavior.
“It’s not so bad right now, but in the spring, it will be tougher on the kids,” he said. “It takes them awhile to adjust to the new time. But kids are resilient. After about a week, they’re back to normal.”
Hoffman said it’s up to parents to make sure kids are getting plenty of sleep to limit the effects of Daylight Saving Time.
Stewart Elementary School principal Adam Miller said he sees a benefit to child safety with the extra daylight hour in the morning. He said that, since it gets dark earlier, he hopes his students will get to bed earlier so they can be attentive throughout the school day.
“Parents are pretty good about getting their kids into a routine, so it’s not such a big deal,” he said.