The ritual of turning the clocks forward is upon us again. Whether you like it or not, Daylight Saving Time is this weekend and we all get to “loose” an hour of precious sleep! The good news is that since most of us use our cell phones to tell time, they will do the changing for us automatically.
This year Daylight Saving Time begins March 14 at 2:00a.m. and continues through November 7th. And let’s all remember that this weekend we move our clocks FORWARD one hour.
A Tiny Bit of History
Daylight Saving Time was first observed in the United States in 1918. The main reasoning for the “switch-a-roo” is to allow for more hours of light in the evening. People have always had mixed feelings about this process and every year there is a push to stick with one time standard in the U.S.
About 15 states have passed legislation to end the observance of DST but nothing will change nationally unless Washington, DC decides to do away with the time change.
This may prompt you to wonder who exactly is responsible for time in the U.S.? The answer to that question is The Department of Transportation. They carry the responsibility of all time zones and Daylight Saving Time.
The DOT reports that the change to Daylight Saving Time is helpful in saving energy, reducing crimes and preventing traffic accidents. If you want to read more about DST, here’s a link to USAToday.com
This time of year once meant a flurry of running around the house resetting every clock in every room. It was quite the ordeal. Of course, I still have a few digital clocks in my house that will require a little attention but I have conceded to use my cell phone as my alarm clock, so no worries there!
Let’s not forget about appliances both big and small. Unless you have “smart” appliances, you will need to reset the time on the stove, microwave and perhaps most importantly, the coffee maker.
I personally don’t use the timed brew feature on my coffee maker, but I can’t think of anything worse than not having your fresh brewed life juice on time Sunday morning!
Pros and Cons
Experts and average folks alike all have thoughts about the pros and cons of Daylight Saving Time. It is known that with more light in the evening, people tend to get out and do more. Also having more exposure to natural light is good for us.
The negative side is that it can greatly interfere with your sleep cycle. This can be especially difficult for parents of small children trying to maintain a sleep schedule. I even notice that my dog has trouble adjusting to the new sleep/potty cycle.
Some experts have touted that we save energy by changing to DST. This may have been true many years ago, but not in today’s modern society. Use of TVs, AC units, lights, and appliances remain the same no matter how much light there is. There really is no energy savings that is significant.
If you are like me, over 50, then you have had a lot of experience over the years with the time change thing. For me, it does mess up my sleep cycle and I really hate “loosing” an hour of sleep in the Spring.
My Two Cents
I love this quote I found from an unnamed Native American: “Only government would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket, sew it to the bottom, and have a longer blanket!”
This pretty much sums up my feeling about Daylight Saving Time. Sometimes it is better to just leave things as they are!
Hope everyone has a great weekend and DON’T FORGET TO TURN THOSE CLOCKS FORWARD!!!!!!