Daylight savings time is kicking my ass. I am not a snooze alarm fan. However, given the opportunity I will occasionally go back to bed for 10 minutes, or 20, or 40……. This morning I still want to go back to bed even though I’ve been really up for over an hour.
Daylight savings time is a great example of our country ignoring the facts in favor of a belief. With daylight savings we don’t even share a common belief! We just all have our rationalizations. We have daylight savings because it’s better for the school children to wait for the morning bus in the light. We have daylight savings because it save energy. We have daylight savings because it’s better for the farmers. We have daylight savings so that there is more daylight during our waking hours. We have daylight savings because it “saves” daylight.
I call bullshit! Sure it’s better for kids to wait for busses in the light rather than in the darkness. But weigh that against bus drivers whose internal clocks are all messed up and whose sleep schedule has been disrupted. Maybe daylight savings saves energy, maybe it doesn’t. Turning off the lights when we’re not using them probably saves a lot more. How much energy do we waste making our kids drive over to change the clocks on the electronics for us because we can’t figure out how to do it ourselves?
As for “the farmers” there are centuries of farmers doing what they need to do when they need to do it, regardless of the time of day. Furthermore I know (and so does anyone whose pets expect to be fed at a certain time of day) that animals are not cool with us arbitrarily changing the schedule. Frankly, humans are not cool with this arbitrary change of the schedule. The entire nation has jet lag. Coffee shops across the country have sales because they know the regular one cup isn’t going to cut it today.
I’d say it’s probably worse because of the weather. We got a blanket of snow yesterday. But spring and fall weather is always variable! The stress of the seasonal changes aren’t enough, so let’s add another random factor into the mix? Does that sound like a good plan?
But we stick with Daylight savings, because we’ve “always done it that way” (also not true) or because we believe one of those crazy rationalizations. I’d say “wake up people” except that I can’t wake up. My sleep schedule’s out of wack and all I want to do is curl up and go back to bed.
Dragging through Daylight Savings in the spring is a national pastime. The local coffee shop offers an extra depth charge of espresso just to help get through that first Monday. There are incidents of people showing up late (or arriving unexpectedly early) to classes and appointments.
Then there is the changing of the clocks. People in my generation seem to have to relearn how to reset the DVR every 6 months, like it’s the first time. My parents will wait until one of the Grandchildren show up and just add the hour in their heads. Then there’s the clock that we, ooops, forgot to change. Mine is usually the one in the car, or the watch I rarely wear, or the clock that I have in my bedroom that I can see (which is not my alarm clock).
I can’t decide if the world of satellite connection makes this easier or harder. My phone clock changes automatically (at the discretion of the service I use.) My TV timer changes automatically (which means I don’t miss the shows I program). I just have an old-fashioned DVD/VCR attached with the clock that I actually use that needs changing. Even my alarm clock (because I use my iPad) switches automatically to the correct time. So why do I have to change everything else by hand?
Daylight Savings Time did not take me by surprise this year. I saw all the meme’s on Facebook. I even reminded my daughter to change her clocks. Somehow I never internalized that this all applied to me as well. Sunday morning the alarm went off (on the automatically changing iPod) and I looked at the clock and it wasn’t right. That late night that Sunday morning would make up for was much shorter than I’d intended.
Silly me I over booked my Daylight Savings Sunday. Sunday is my “day off”. I get Orion up and dressed and then he goes off for the day with his father returning in time for bed. (You see that my “day off ” isn’t quite a freebie, but Orion’s Dad may or may not be on time and, unlike the weekday bus, he’ll wait if Orion’s not quite ready.) This Sunday I had a luncheon date and a class to teach – AT MY HOUSE.
Now I am not a great housekeeper. Honestly, I’m not even a fair housekeeper. People coming over requires a certain amount of attention. Making this even harder, I’d shorted myself time to “pick up” by having the lunch date. Then it was Daylight Savings Time on top of it. What was I thinking? That somehow it didn’t apply to me?
Saturday is our “sleep in” day. It’s a lazy day for Orion and I. We’ll sometimes go out in the afternoon and run errands. We’ll often catch dinner via pizza delivery or pick up something on the way home. It’s an easy day with no reason to go out. This Saturday I decided to go to the movies after errands. Errands, Dinner, then the movie means a late night. Orion’s usually to bed by 9:00 and reprimanding me to do the same. (I never do.) With a 7pm movie that’s not going to happen. It’s a late night. (And a short one but perhaps Daylight Savings Time doesn’t apply to me?)
Doing a lot of in and out of the car with Orion and the Wheelchair is one of those little parts of my day that aggravate my back. Saturday wasn’t too bad. I was having a good day. I took it slow. Sure it was cold and rainy, yes there was a lot of walking associated with those errands, and parking, and standing in line at the movie theater. My back acting up will keep me up later at night. Sure it makes me more tired, but also less comfortable and ready for bed. I look for distractions which make it easier to lose track of time.
Going to bed with my back acting up I either take the heavy duty meds and am a little groggy in the morning or I just don’t sleep well and need a little longer to feel rested. I opted for the later because, surely, Daylight Savings Time doesn’t apply to me?
We got through Sunday. Most of the clocks are changed. The batteries in the smoke alarms? I would have picked some up on Saturday if I’d thought that Daylight Savings Time applied to me. 🙂