Daylight Saving Torture

AlarmClockWell, a lot of us woke up an hour earlier yesterday to “spring forward” for the mandatory time zone change we put ourselves through twice a year. I’m still tired. Are you tired?

It’s not a very popular thing to do, according to Rasmussen Reports. This year, only 33% of Americans polled said daylight saving time is worth the hassle. Last year, it was 37% and in 2012, it was 45%. I think I see a trend!

I love being in the time zone that this yearly torture brings. As soon as I recover from the micro-jet lag, I will be very happy. It’s wonderful to drive home from work in actual daylight! I just hate getting switched back to the winter time zone.

It would be so much nicer if those of us in the blue zones on the map below could all follow orange’s lead and and never switch back on November 2nd. California, who’s up for a petition? We might as well add this to the ballot along with that proposal to split us into 6 states

DSTworldI lived in Arizona for a few years, and one of my favorite things was not having to do the daylight savings shuffle. They just don’t participate since temperatures are ridiculously high in the summer, so they want as much darkness during the evening hours as possible to stay cool. I miss Arizona most every year on the second Sunday in March…

Daylight-Savings-Time-SomeeCard-copyBefore 1966 in the USA, the start and end dates for daylight saving time were determined at the local level. It’s easy to see how that would quickly lead to chaos in our modern, travel-oriented world. To regulate the process, the Uniform Time Act was passed by the US Congress in 1966, establishing that we either set our clocks forward an hour on the second Sunday in March, and set them back an hour on the first Sunday in November, or don’t do it at all. Arizona and Hawaii are the only two states not participating.

sunsetMany people mistakenly attribute the origin of daylight saving time to Benjamin Franklin, perhaps because we tend to believe everything in movies. (National Treasure is one of those movies I can’t stop watching.) Franklin did complain about it while visiting France, but the practice has been around in various ways since Roman times. The modern version was proposed by a New Zealand entomologist named George Vernon Hudson, who wanted more time to collect insects after work. Sounds like he was hoping to achieve true work/life balance.

When my alarm clock wakes me up too early this week, I’m going to focus on the silver lining: at the end of the work day, the sun will still be up and I can try for a little work/life balance of my own.


  1. You are so right, an outmoded practice these days. I am visiting from the A to Z as a minion of Tina’s Terrific Team. If you still plan to take part in the A to Z you need to pick up the badge and display it. I have a copy on my blog.

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