Monday, March 15, 2010

Daylight Savings

May I just say that I detest the spring switch to Daylight Savings Time.

Every year it messes with my system. And I thought it was just me until I logged on to Facebook this morning and read at least ten other people's comments on dealing with insomnia last night. At least it makes me feel better to not be alone in this frustration.

And, in case you've never experienced it (oh fortunate you!) insomnia is absolutely no fun at all. It's horrible laying in bed awake when the whole rest of the world seems far away in dreamland, leaving you behind.

It's almost enough to make a person want to move to Saskatchewan, where the smart citizens have chosen to ignore Daylight Savings and keep their morning light.

Finally, I would like to set the record straight about who is responsible for implementing this hour-changing nonsense. There is a common misconception that it is the farmers of the world who want later daylight.

Wrong. It is NOT the farmers' fault. They would get up with the daylight regardless of when it occurred. It is the white/blue collar workers who are to blame. Who want more evening hours to go golfing. Or  to spend time with their families in the daylight. I get that. But I still don't think it's enough to warrant messing with our sleep/wake schedules.



Peter and Lorraine said...

You can add Dad and I to your list of sleep deprived and feeling it today people! And we don't play golf! So ditto on the hating the switch in spring!

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Jorgen said...

I happened to be working a nightshift when we switched forward. I have to disagree with you for this year's springing forward. I got paid for 12 hours and only had to spend 11 hours at work. In addition, at two we were able to magically move the clocks forward an hour so that we were one hour closer to going home in a matter of seconds.
I suppose this is the only time that it would be a good thing, but nevertheless.........

Middle Earth Garden said...

Some back up to your point about farmers: my grandparents-in-law live in Alberta and do not adjust their clocks for daylight savings! This is necessitated by the fact that the dairy cows refuse to switch over their milking schedule. Even the animals protest!

Though I admit I like the later daylight in the evenings and since my sleep is unaffected I would tend to favour the change :-)