Monday, March 10, 2014

DSTS, a dangerous and frustrating condition

There is a widespread epidemic of a physical and mental condition that is rarely discussed more than once or twice a year in most homes. It affects everyone from infants to the elderly, but toddlers, parents, teachers and other caregivers are among the most adversely affected. Toddlers and small children are at a higher risk of developing a higher intensity of symptoms. This syndrome has a rapid onset and can be quite serious. In most cases, it is not life-threatening and the symptoms usually subside after a few days, but it can afflict a person multiple times each year.

DSTS, or Daylight Savings Time Syndrome, rears its ugly head no less than twice each year and your toddler is at high risk. Adults are also affected, but most have learned to cope with the general symptoms of overall fatigue and irritability. DSTS in children and teens comes on abruptly and the duration of the symptoms can last from 24 hours up to a full week.

Here are just 10 of the hundreds of common symptoms to watch for to see if your child has DSTS:

Crying because he wants up.

Crying because dinner is in the oven.

Crying because he can't reach.

Crying because the toy is  (insert any adjective) .

Crying because everyone went outside.
Crying because you put his shoes and jacket on to go outside.

Crying because he is outside.

Crying because he is back inside.

Crying because he took too long of a nap (or too short).

Crying for no reason whatsoever.

There only one known cure for DSTS: it means putting an end to this wicked clock changing tradition that our American culture has embraced and accepted as normal. Please, write your state government officials and let them know that only they can help end this. Let's start the discussion now and take action!


  1. Hysterical! Thanks for the laugh!

  2. It always makes me feel like I have a severe case of jet lag, but it passes eventually….usually by mid to late July.

  3. My husband has some strong reactions too, because he is a data base administrator and DST wreaks havoc with systems. Anyway, this was great and I've passed it on to my daughter! Thanks for the hilarious post!