10 winter to summer transitions that can affect autistic people

Posted by: alisrowe, May 1, 2022

Autistic people can feel uncomfortable when things change. One big change that we all have to go through is the winter to summer transition. Here are 10 changes that occur when the seasons shift, that might affect autistic people:

1. Change of time

Every spring in the UK, the clocks move forward by one hour. This means that 6am is now 7am and 7pm is now 8pm, etc. 

For the first few days after the clock has changed, it can cause disruption to an autistic person’s internal routine. Autistic people can be extremely sensitive and this can include being sensitive to: what time it is, how “awake” or “tired” they feel, as well their observations of the world outside. For example, I go out walking every day at 5am. The mornings have gradually been getting lighter so, before the clocks were changed, I had been used to walking in daylight. The day after the clocks had changed, at 5am it was pitch black outside. The change felt really abrupt.

I imagine if you are an autistic person who is used to waking up early or going to bed late, the changes caused by daylight saving might really affect you.

The clock change can also affect what time an autistic person feels hungry and influence their meal times.

Join The Curly Hair Project Community Today

This article and our podcasts are available only to members of our community. If you would like to continue to read this article, along with receiving access to our exclusive animations, podcasts and special offers – please click the Subscribe today button. If you are already a member, please log in.

Be alerted of new blog posts by email

Previous Posts

Learn best by reading?

If you enjoy reading and learn best by reading then you might wish to subscribe to our website.

Our blog is full of helpful information on a range of subjects including: understanding social anxiety, masking, how to manage perfectionism, how to improve communication, and strategies on how to feel less overwhelmed.

Subscribe now

Sign up for our email newsletters


Watch our amazing animated films that provide an insight into the inner thoughts, feelings and experiences of someone who has autism.

Click here