This Sunday, in the U.S and Canada, Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. That means instead of sunset coming at 6 o’clock in the evening, it’ll come at 7. I like that. The downside is that to have that bit more light, means giving up an hour of my day.
With night falling so early, it seems like day is too short and I feel like I don’t have enough day to get everything I want to do done.
Back in the day, DST was created in the early 1900s as a fuel saving effort during World War I. Germany was the first country to introduce DST in 1916, then the United Kingdom and France. The U.S. adopted DST, or War Time as it was called, in 1918, but it wasn’t enacted as law until the end of the second World War in 1945.
DST became nationwide in the U.S. during 1966, originally running from April to October. It was extended to March-November in 2005 in response to the Energy Policy Act. Still, there are a few U.S territories that do not observe DST, including most of Arizona, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
With that kind of illustrious history, you would think DST would be, not just time-honored, but respected. Eh… not so much.
Kids and their parents don’t like DST, because sometimes it means school bus pick-up time is barely light. Adults don’t like it because they come home from work in the dark. Then, just when you get accustomed to the time, it changes again. Circadian rhythms are disrupted, Seasonal Affective Disorder may be triggered, sleep deprivation in the winter, and work place accident increase in severity and frequency after time “Springs Forward.”
I have yet to hear from anyone that the semi-annual time change is happily anticipated. Most of my friends would like to see it abolished. Pick a time and stick with it.
Not much good about DST, in my opinion, but, that’s just me. Don’t forget to reset your clocks this weekend – the times, they are a-changing.
“The more things change, the more they stay the same.” ~ Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr
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