A holiday dedicated to naps is torture for parents the day after Daylight Savings Time
In the world of made-up holidays, there’s one every parent can get behind: National Napping Day. Except of course, we parents remember sleep fondly like our pre-baby jeans and the days of staying out past 10 p.m. We know better than to think we’ll get a nap today or any other day, no matter how badly we need one.
But just to rub it in, today’s sleep-inspired holiday falls the day after the National Day of Parental Exhaustion — aka, Daylight Savings Time — so we have even more reason to yearn for the days when sleep wasn’t just a myth.
If you’re trying to figure out why we’re still cursed with Daylight Savings Time, you’re not the only one. Last we checked, we no longer live in an age where children need to help with the harvest after school, and yet here we all still are, changing our clocks, and spending the next month trying in vain to get our kids to go the fuck to sleep.
Twitter was full of parents raging against the time change, and its predictable impact on their kids’ bedtimes.
IT'S DAYLIGHT SAVINGS SO I GUESS MY KIDS' BEDTIME IS NOW NEXT TUESDAY
— Valerie (@ValeeGrrl) March 12, 2018
I get it, daylight savings time, sometimes my kids steal an hour of my sleep and I want the world to suffer, too.
— Mommy Cusses (@mommy_cusses) March 11, 2018
You know who’s in favor of doing away with Daylight Savings Time? Every parent of a young child.
— Brian Wecht (@bwecht) March 12, 2018
Even designer dad Nate Berkus got in on the DST hate. “I’m so happy for daylight savings time. Said no parent, ever,” he tweeted. We’re with you, Nate.
Abolishing Daylight Savings Time is the bipartisan issue that can bring this country together.
— Nate Berkus (@NateBerkus) March 11, 2018
No one hates daylight savings time more than a parent with a toddler. What time is it???? pic.twitter.com/X94hNRdV1L
— Carrie Proudfit (@CarrieProudfit) March 12, 2018
Some parents took to Twitter to share their hopes and dreams for National Napping Day on this post-DST doomsday. This dad shared his goals for the day, which include “trying” to take a nap. At least he’s honest?
One of the perks of being a stay-home parent? You can actually try to participate in #NationalNappingDay
— Dad That Blogs (@DadThatBlogsCom) March 12, 2018
But most parents were more realistic, recognizing that no matter how much we’d all love a nap, it’s just not going to happen.
#nationalnappingday You don't need them when you're young. You have no time when you're a parent. Afraid I'll need more than 1 in 365 now.😂
— ❌🇺🇸Lucy🇺🇸❌ (@LucyForLiberty) March 13, 2017
— Taylor Moon Realty (@taylormoonteam) March 12, 2018
— Kage (@swissmistress) March 12, 2018
I haven't celebrated #NationalNappingDay since my first kid was born. Its been 6 long years. The future looks bleak and napless.
— Heather is a hot mess (@h0tmessmama) March 12, 2018
However much we want it to.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) March 12, 2018
— Jim Donovan (@jimdonovancbs3) March 12, 2018
But one mom reminded us that there’s hope for our sleep yet. We may just have to wait a really, really long time. Like, 18 years.
#NationalNappingDay … is this some heaven-on-earth that occurs when kids are grown and moved out of the house?
— Virginia Murr (@Verba_et_Vertus) March 12, 2018
Yup. Pretty much.