All y’all need to quit it with Daylight Saving Time.
I live in Arizona, one of two states (the other being Hawaii) that doesn’t fool with Daylight Saving Time. And you know what? Our world has not come to a screeching halt. It has, however, become incredibly difficult to tell at any point in time what the hell time it is in any other time zone.
It’s also especially difficult when you’re working remotely. There was the six-month period that I worked the wrong shift because I forgot to account for the time change, so I worked 8 to 4 instead of 9 to 5. Oops.
And then there’s trying to remember whether I’m on Pacific or Mountain time at any particular time so that I don’t accidentally wake my mom up by calling at 7 a.m. instead of 8 a.m. (Not to mention knowing when the latest Swagbucks swagcode expires. That can get confusing too.)
Yes, Arizona could just get on the bandwagon and make my life easier that way, but the fact is that DST may be doing more harm than good according to this article.
The whole idea behind Daylight Saving Time is to save energy by introducing an extra hour of daylight, thereby ostensibly saving the need for electricity for lighting at least one hour a day.
But findings contradict this alleged savings and this article mentions one study even found that electricity demand increased because of things like an extra hour of air conditioning in the summer heat.
Another problem: that lost hour of sleep. Messing with people’s circadian rhythms is no joke. In the days following the leap forward, people are groggier (leading to an increase in traffic accidents, by the way) and therefore less productive. They’re more likely to goof off and “cyberloaf” rather than do their work.
Even those good little employees that keep plugging away aren’t immune to DST’s effects. The grogginess makes them more prone to error, which can cost employers time and money.
And yes, the loss of a single hour can be recovered from quickly. After all, people can go to bed an hour earlier, or just sleep a little more in the following days. Problem solved, right? Not so much.
More sunlight = less melatonin, and melatonin helps you regulate your sleep. So less melatonin can lead to insomnia or at least more issues falling asleep. Meaning that the effects last long past that one-hour deficit you experienced on Sunday.
Then there’s this whole heart-health thing.
Did you know that heart attacks rise in the spring? The working theory is that it has do with sleep deprivation and, once again, circadian rhythms. What we do know is that the rise in cardiac arrests begins shortly after the time change, and things go back to normal in the fall right around the time we set our clocks back.
Hard to believe that’s a coincidence.
So you have all of that discouraging information about DST. Meanwhile, you may have noticed that it’s already naturally getting light earlier and earlier each day (you know, because orbits and axial tilts and all) without fooling with any clocks.
Just let Mother Nature do her own thing, would ya? It’d make my life — and the lives of a whole lot of other people, apparently — a lot better.
Would you prefer to keep Daylight Saving Time or do away with it? How bad is your grogginess?
P.S. My eye surgery (ick ick ick) is on Tuesday, so please don’t take it personally if I don’t respond to comments Tuesday, Wednesday or maybe Thursday.