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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | Daylight Savings Time Hell

Daylight Savings Time Hell

Sunday is the day we change the clocks again.

UGH! The older I get, the harder it seems to make this time shift twice a year. My entire body protests the change. It’s used to doing certain things at certain times, and it doesn’t appreciate that weird feeling of being lost in time. This seems like an exaggeration, and I know you’re probably thinking: Boy, is Dianne cranky today! But honestly, twice a year on a time changing Sunday, I feel like hell. The following Monday isn’t much better, either.

So, why do we do this? Does it actually do any good? Can anyone produce positive evidence – PROOF – that we save energy by changing the time twice a year?

A lot of people say no, it doesn’t save any energy at all. Here’s an article in the New York Times suggesting that households may consume more electricity during Daylight Savings.

And here’s a great website called End Daylight Savings Time that provides some historical background about the custom, as well as a modest (and reasonable) alternative proposal. They propose that Mountain and Eastern time zones remain permanently on standard time, and that Central and Pacific time zones remain permanently on daylight savings time – thus reducing the mainland United States to TWO time zones instead of FOUR. Imagine that – wouldn’t it make business travel so much simpler, as well as eliminate the need to change the clocks twice a year?

How do you feel? Anyone out there who’s favor of the current system, please speak up and tell me why! I promise not to fire any spitballs at you.

10 Responses to Daylight Savings Time Hell

  1. Linda G. says:

    I am in total agreement with you. Ugh. Pick a time a stick with it, for Pete’s sake.

  2. Candyland says:

    I HHAHAAATTEEE Daylight Savings. It messes us all up. Here’s to not sleeping right!

  3. I agree. My schedule gets so screwed up by this. The kids sleep weird too.

  4. We have some areas in Canada that don’t do daylight savings. It get very confusing trying to figure out what time it is there.

    I’m all for killing daylight savings. 😀

  5. Linda,Candyland, Christine – it’s good to know you agree!
    Stina, we have that here, too, where states or parts of states don’t participate.
    Personally, I think that proposed 2 time zone plan would be a big improvement!

  6. Lenny Lee! says:

    hi miss dianne! yikes! i didnt think so much people got bothered out by that time change. for me it doesnt matter cause i sleep pretty strange hours anyway. mostly its only a bother cause of having to get all the clocks and watches changed. mostly i dont hardly ever think about time unless theres something on tv i could want to watch or were going somewhere that we gotta be on time.
    …smiles and hugs from lenny

  7. YES-I am in favor of getting rid of it! 2 instead of 4–imagine that!

  8. mshatch says:

    Count me in! I despise daylight savings time. I’ll admit that it’s easy to get used to the fall change (I have no problem with gettting up and going to bed later) but the spring change takes me forever to adjust to. Daylight savings time is pointless and annoying and I’m all for a 2 time zone US.

  9. I’m with mshatch: the fall back gain an hour of sleep and wake up in daylight in the morning I like a lot! Now that whole ‘Spring Forward’? I feel completely cheated by that lost hour.

  10. Lenny, yes time change makes me really cranky.

    Although, like Marcy and Nelsa, I find it easier to sleep in an hour than to lose an hour. But either way, I end up feeling lousy at some point during the day.