A Daddy’s Rant on Daylight Saving Time:
You know it’s coming. Daylight Saving Time is going away, and if you’re like me your straining your brain to remember if this change is the good one or the bad one? That is to say, is this the one that gives us an extra hour of sleep or the one that sends us out on the highway more sleep deprived than ever?
Here’s what we, my fellow parents, have taught our kids about the evil invention that is “Daylight Saving”: In the fall you “fall back”, and in the spring you “spring forward”. If that little memory trick is slightly less than clear, it means the change that’s coming up is the “good one”. We get an extra hour of sleep, BUT WHEN?
They keep changing it on us. Actually the last time they changed it (in 2007?) was for a good cause. They did it for our kids… delaying the return to Daylight Standard Time until AFTER Halloween. 400% more kids are hit by cars on Halloween, so delaying darkness an hour might saves lives?
The deeply cynical among you may suggest we follow the money trail instead, and point out that candy companies had lobbying for this change for years. Which I think is really generous and kind of them taking our kids safety so much to heart. I’m sure profits from increased sales were an afterthought?
But I digress, so when do we get to “fall back” into bed? In 2011 in the US it falls on November 6th. It’s always a Sunday, and in those US States and territories that participate it’s done at 2am… except for Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Arizona and a few other places you probably didn’t know we owned.
Oh, and if you have international friends, and if they do daylight saving at all, they probably do it on a different day just to confuse us, e.g. I believe Europe is October 30th this year, demonstrating either their callous disregard for the safety of their wee trick-or-treaters or for the profits of their candy companies?
So how do you feel about Daylight Saving or the impending lack thereof? Personally I’d like everyone in the world to pick a time (maybe split the difference?) and just do away with the whole thing, but I’m probably not smart enough to understand the consequences? Please leave a comment and enlighten me.
I think Benjamin Franklin thought daylight saving up; of course he also flew kites in thunderstorms? Can you tell me why it originally did and/or still does makes sense? Personally it just seems like Daylight Shifting Time to me. We don’t change the number of daylight hours, but maybe I’m missing something?
Why throw our finely tuned circadian rhythms off twice each year, or our finely balanced blood caffeine levels, as the case may be? There’s plenty of evidence the severity of auto accidents increases and work productivity decreases as people try to adjust. It’s also particularly hard on people with sleep disorders.
Daylight Saving – Love it, hate it, don’t care?
[warning]Fire departments encourage people to change the batteries in their smoke detectors when they change their clocks because Daylight Saving Time provides a convenient reminder. Please take second and do it.[/warning]