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Posts Tagged ‘Daylight Savings Time’

One Saving I Could Do Without

Posted by terrepruitt on March 10, 2015

In March of 2010 I wrote a post about Daylight Saving Time.  First, as a reminder it is Daylight Saving(no s) Time.  You can check out that post by clicking HERE.  It just has some facts I gathered from the internet about Daylight Saving Time.  Basically it hasn’t always been around, it went away, it came back, then after 21 years the government extended it in 2007.  The government made it start sooner and end later. Instead of starting the first Sunday of April and ending the last Sunday of October, it now starts the second weekend of March and ends the first Sunday of November.  I am not a fan.  I do not like to lose an hour of sleep.  If you read my blog at all, you pretty much know I am a “night person” so when it is DAYLIGHT at 9:00 AT NIGHT, it is really difficult for me to even think about going to bed at a decent hour.  IT IS STILL LIGHT OUT!  So . . . it is daytime.  So . . . whatever . . . I don’t like a lot of things, I just live with them.  But what I don’t understand is I hear so many other people voice their dislike for it, too.  Why do we still do it?  What is up with Daylight Saving Time?

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So, needing something to post on my blog today, I read the article (the one I save the linked for) “5 myths about daylight saving time”.  Click here to go there.  MORE information regarding the absurdity of Daylight Saving Time.  Really . . . WHY DO WE HAVE IT STILL?  Are you of the belief it is or was for the farmers?  Well both the video I saw this morning (although it was a comedy video) and the post on the Washington Post said it was not for the farmers.  In fact, the article claims that farmers were AGAINST it.  They don’t like it.

The article is about 5 Myths of DST.  The first one was the farmers theory.  The second one is that it makes us healthier having that extra daylight when actually the sleep disruption and the changing of the time makes us more prone to automobile accidents.  Some data has indicated that male suicide increases and the change has an adverse affect on people with mental health problems.  Some physicians even think it can trigger cluster headaches.

The third one is the energy myth.  That was the reason for its extension.  (The article says it was extending in 2005.  That was when the act was passed.  We didn’t actually put the extension into practice until 2007.)  The article also sites a study where Indiana’s government thought the residents would save $7 million in electricity costs, but it ended up costing the residents $9 million MORE.  So not only was there no savings it cost MORE!

The fourth one is it increases revenue for businesses.  Well, that is why I thought “they” (the government) did it.  More sales.  And while that sounds true – from the article – it also state that not ALL businesses benefit.  The Air Transport Association estimated that the change for the extension would cost $147 million (holy carp!) because of the extra scheduling that has to be done to keep the flights all running smoothly with the rest of the world.

And the last myth is an argument about “Standard Time” not being actually “standard” because it is for less months out of the year than Daylight Saving Time.

So what do YOU think?  Like it?  Hate it?  Love the light later?  Don’t like it being so dark in the morning?  Miss the lost hour of sleep?  Feeling sick?  Feeling disoriented?

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Daylight Saving Time

Posted by terrepruitt on March 16, 2010

First of all I thought it was Daylight SavingS Time. It is Daylight Saving Time. I am not a fan. I don’t know if they have ever done studies on it, but I don’t think it is good for our bodies to just up and change the time. And I REALLY don’t think that after 21 years it was a good idea to change the times of year that we adjust the time. I honestly believe that for the past four years I have had a VERY difficult time adjusting to the new times of year.

Let me share with you why I am not a fan and I do not think that changing the time is good for a body — at least mine. I am a night person. I am “more awake” at night than in the morning. Around 9:00 at night is when I begin to get my energy. When it is light later . . . it takes me even longer to wind down. It is very difficult to convince my body that it is night time when it is light out still.

A little history:

Daylight Saving Time had been observed in the United States spottily since 1918. From February 9, 1942 until September 30, 1945 it was observed all year long.  Daylight Saving Time was not consistently observed for 21 years (from 1945 to 1966) because there was no federal law.

In 1966 the law stated DST ran from the last Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October, but states could pass a law of their own if they didn’t want to follow DST.

Then in 1974 an emergency act was passed setting the clocks ahead on January 6, 1974. It was amended on October 27, 1974 returning the clocks back to Standard Time. Then DST was observed from February 23, 1975 through October 26, 1975.

Then from 1986 to 2007 the United States observed DST from 2:00 am on the first Sunday of April until at 2:00 a.m. on the last Sunday of October.

After 21 years in 2007 it was changed to:   DST beginning 2:00 am. on the second Sunday of March to 2:00 a.m. on the first Sunday of November. So for over half my life, my body has been operating on a specific time frame for the time change and I can tell you that after four years, it is still not used to the change.

Hawaii and Arizona are among the states that do not observe Daylight Saving Time.

I was very fortunate that people love Nia and don’t let this time change affect them. The first morning of the time change I had a Sunday Nia class in San Jose as a follow up to a health fair I attended in Cupertino the day before. It was fabulous the students that showed up to get in their first workout of the DST! We had a great time.

What do you think about Daylight Saving Time? What do you think about the change? Or more accurately, what do you FEEL? How are you feeling when we change the time? 

Or better yet, I wanna know, are you one of those people who efficiently goes around and changes all your clocks?  Or do you do the math on a few until you just get tired of that and change them?

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