A few years ago, I learned that it is “Daylight Saving Time,” not “Daylight Savings Time,” as I had erroneously called it for many years.
But when it comes down to it, what you call it really doesn’t matter, because, in the end, it all means the same thing — that whether you like it or not, you’ll be “springing forward” and “falling back” twice a year, every year.
I so don’t enjoy it. I’ve never enjoyed it. I just wish they’d leave my time alone.
They try to explain it away, saying that in the fall, you get an extra hour of sleep, and in the spring, you lose an hour of sleep, but it’s really much more than that.
It means that every winter, it gets dark at 5 p.m.
That wouldn’t be such a big deal, only it means that I get up in the morning, when it’s dark, to get ready for work, then I leave for work, work until 5 p.m. or so and — Guess what?! — it’s dark again by the time I’m ready to drive home again.
Not my cup of tea.
And in the “spring forward” that we’re getting ready to jump into on March 9, it may be daylight outside when I leave for work and drive home from work, but I’ll be waking up an hour less rested!
It usually takes me a week or more to get over the change.
I protested one year. I refused, for an entire year, to set my clocks at home for Daylight Saving Time. It was not confusing, as one would think. It was actually an interesting experiment, and, in the spring and all summer long, some visitors actually stayed a little longer, thinking it was an hour earlier than it actually was at my house.
I loved it.
“What time is it again?” they’d ask.
I quit wearing watches that year.
It’s my understanding that we observe this time-up, time-back ritual because of a well-known feller by the name of Benjamin Franklin, an 18th Century work-a-holic who thought it would be nifty to make the best use of daylight by shifting time back and forth.
Daylight Saving Time became law with the signature of President Lyndon Johnson in 1966 and, since then, it has been changed twice by amendments to the federal law.
I don’t know why it annoys me so much, but it does, and I’m sure I’m not the only person annoyed by it.
The National Bureau of Economic Research points out in a study published online that the primary rationale for Daylight Saving Time has “always been to promote energy conservation.”
That study, analyzing micro-data on more than 500,000 residences and tenants in Indiana, shows that it increases, not decreases, electricity consumption, stating that “if anything, the policy seems to have the opposite of its intended effect.”
That’s not the only bothersome issue.
There is a plethora of studies online that show that Daylight Saving Time actually harms the human body’s circadian clock, which is kept in tune by light and darkness.
These studies correlate decreased productivity, decreased quality of life and increase susceptibility to illness to Daylight Saving Time.
National Geographic published an article in November 2013, reporting a 2012 study that shows the risk of heart attack surges by 10 percent on the Monday and Tuesday after everybody springs forward for Daylight Saving Time.
Whew! I knew I was tired for some reason!
— Mary Meadows can be reached at 606-218-4952 or by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org