Why I Hate Daylight Savings Time
And yes, I can hear my moms voice in my head saying; “”Now we don’t say hate, you say you don’t like something”. But, I really DO hate, I do.
And the older I get, the more I think it’s ridiculous.
This is my personal opinion and I don’t pretend to be an expert. At anything.
I love the height of Summer, when it’s light until 9pm. I won’t lie. I find myself more motivated and will often work until dark. I’m sure many companies would love it if it was like this all year round, as they will have enough productivity to work as late as they want to. That, alongside implementing turnover reduction strategies could help the companies to continue to strive towards success, without having that much pressure.
I would be willing to forgo that high for a steady schedule though if we could just keep our clocks in one place.
You are always hearing how important it is to rest well.
Come to find out, it’s actually very hard on your body to ask it to flip flop back and forth on what to get up. You know, for normal folks who have to be to school or work at a regular time. Austin is older now, but I remember when he was still little, how difficult it was to get him up an entire hour early for school during the Spring Back portion of Daylight Savings Time duo.
It really does mess with our sleeping patterns. And Time magazine reports that it may cause heart attacks, according to the American Journal of Cardiology. So it’s no surprise that more and more countries are reevaluating whether to hold on to this antiquated practice. My niece is lucky enough to live in Arizona and they do not practice daylight savings time in most of the state. Hawaii ignores it as well. (tick off another reason to move to paradise.)
Most people think it’s all the fault of Benjamin Franklin. It’s a little more convoluted, you can click here for a comprehensive history of Daylight Savings Time.
In my opinion, you may gain more light in the morning, but it’s still dark by 5pm and we certainly don’t all extinguish every light and turn in, so really, what is the difference? In the day and age of 24 hour everything and with all the electronics we use, it seems a useless practice to me.
I don’t know a single person who likes it, so I wonder why we all do it?
Oh yeah… because it’s a law. Passed in Congress.
Read this for a pretty dang great idea on How To Fix Daylight Savings Time!
Here is an excerpt: It would seem to be more efficient to do away with the practice altogether. The actual energy savings are minimal, if they exist at all. Frequent and uncoordinated time changes cause confusion, undermining economic efficiency. There’s evidence that regularly changing sleep cycles, associated with daylight saving, lowers productivity and increases heart attacks. Being out of sync with European time changes was projected to cost the airline industry $147 million a year in travel disruptions. But I propose we not only end Daylight Saving, but also take it one step further.
An interesting read! Sometimes, I wonder why everything has to be so complicated.
Enjoy your extra hour this Sunday…