Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Blame it on Daylight Savings Time (DST)

Spring Forward and Fall Back – The changing of the clocks bi-annually has been ingrained in our minds like the multiplication tables we learned in elementary school not to be forgotten, any time soon. The fact that it is almost celebrated, well, at least, remembered and prepared for like any of the major holidays, tells of its historic origins. Starting a week before radio broadcasts, news announcement keep us informed of the day that the clocks need to be changed. I wonder if someone sells a countdown calendar, sort of like the Advent calendar that counts down the 24 days to Christmas. I have not found one yet, but when I do, you know what my family will be getting in their Christmas stocking. It is advised, to change the batteries in your smoke alarm and other devices on this day. If you’re like me it is hard enough just to remember and find all the clocks and make sure the times are all the same and then I’m too tired to change the batteries in everything. 

For those of you that have not experienced Daylight Savings Time, it’s a lot like having jet lag for an entire week until your body gets used to moving the clocks ahead one hour or backward one hour.  In the fall you set your clocks backward and gain an hour of sleep, although, I have never noticed the gain in my sleep. Springing forward means we will lose one hour of sleep and with the time change this week, I certainly, don’t feel like I have much spring in my step. My only thought is when will I be able to sleep? 

I am not a person that deflects the blame, but for this week, anything that doesn’t go completely as planned is going to blamed on Daylight Savings Time. I certainly hope, that I won’t have to do the blaming.   
Hope you have a great rest of your week and don’t forget to change those smoke alarm batteries. 

Here’s a site that explains DST and its history.

**Share your daylight savings time stories in the comments. 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the simple and clear explanation, Rebecca. I always have trouble remembering, too. I'm not looking forward to losing one hour of sleep!


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