Spring Forward on Sunday March 10th 2013 at 2 AM

Quick reminder to everyone out there in ARROland to set your clocks forward on March 10th at 2 AM, or sometime when you’re actually awake.

Clock showing sequence of springing forward from 2am to 3am

Daylight Savings Time – A Brief History

Daylight Savings Time (also known as DST) has been around since the late 1800s, and is probably just as controversial now as it was likely to have been then. Not every country uses daylight savings time. In fact, Russia will NOT fall back this year when much of the world does. In the United States, Arizona and Hawaii do not observe Daylight Savings Time.

What’s more, the start and end dates of Daylight Savings Time vary from time to time, and from country to country. In the United States, Daylight Savings Time was extended several weeks back in 2007 as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. As a result, Daylight Savings Time in the United States (Oregon included) starts (springs forward) on the second (2nd) Sunday in March, and ends (falls back) on the first (1st) Sunday in November.

Impact of Daylight Savings Time on Autism

Countless Studies have been conducted on the impacts of Daylight Savings Time, not the least of which have been on human health, especially as it relates to the interruption of natural biorhythms and sleep cycles. While I am not aware of any studies specifically on DST and Autism, the same health impacts will obviously be at play. In addition, there are routine adjustments to consider. To help minimize those impacts, and any confusion that might come into play, try to walk through your family’s frequently visited places and make a list of clocks that will need to be changed and/or may cause confusion. Here are just a few to consider :

  • Telephones (land line phones and Cell phones)
  • Ipads
  • Tablets
  • Watches
  • Walkmen
  • MP3 Players
  • Bedside Clocks
  • Bathroom Clocks
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator (fridge)
  • Microwave
  • DVD Player
  • Thermostat
  • Computers (most will change themselves)
  • Stereos
  • Car Stereo
  • Coffee Pot
  • Pagers
  • DVRs
  • Voice Recorders
  • Clocks at School
  • Clocks at Therapy
  • Game Systems
  • ___________________

And, remember, the Fire department also reminds us that this is a good time to check the batteries in our Smoke Detectors. This is obviously a significant issue for those with sensory integration issues, so, if you haven’t already, put this on the calendar to do while your sound sensitive family members are at school, work, or another appointment.

Just for Laughs

And, just for laughs, I’ve thrown in this throwback to a link to this little Daylight Savings Time Blog by a couple of local Westside Autism Moms.

About Dan Yedinak

Dan Yedinak is an Information Technology consultant, volunteer Web Administrator for the Autism Research and Resources of Oregon, and an Autism Advocate.

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