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Daylight Savings: Do it again (or stop)

I hate the time changes, and as I write this my children have gone to bed an hour late and I am terrified I'll be ushering the boys into school tomorrow, shamefaced, late again. I have never seen the point and wrote about this last year.

This year lots of scientists have been writing about it, pointing out "our bodies... will experience a disturbance...  one that can affect our mental and physical health. The reason lies in the clash between sensitive, eons-old biology deep within our cells, and human-imposed time-keeping traditions that are barely a century old. Twice every year, when we “spring forward” and “fall back,” our bodies must do battle between “sun time” and “social time.”"

It's always been advertised as an energy saver, but that's no longer true (if it ever actually was). "The proportion of total energy that is used for lighting is miniscule compared to other, time-independent uses like factories, computers, nuclear plants, airport radars, and other facilities that run 24/7. Energy companies themselves have measured the effect, and have concluded that DST does not save energy." Because we're "essentially jet-lagged for a few days" we experience higher rates of car accidents, workplace mishaps, inefficiency, and depression.

Last week, someone posted a petition to Whitehouse.gov to eliminate Daylight Savings time changes. I added my name to the petition; like many, I don't care which time we use, I just don't want it changing twice a year. I know the urbanMamas readers are mixed on the topic, but those whose bodies also react badly to the changes: please sign!


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Abolish it!

Dude, it's an hour. chill out. I can generally reset myself to EST in a day or so when I visit the East Coast---and that's a three hour time difference. This just isn't that big a deal

Ten years ago I would have said "no big deal." But as someone who now suffers from insomnia and other sleep disturbances, the time changes now negatively impact me. Not all of us reset easily, even when we prepare in advance by adjusting a few minutes each night for the two weeks leading up to the change.

It was a very big deal for my child when he was younger (up through age 2 or 3, I guess). Oddly, he can reset to other time zones rather well. But trying to move an hour was very, very hard at that age when even a 5 minute delay in a routine could wreck havoc and any lost sleep was distasterous. I guess the saving grace is that it was something he outgrew and that as a baby, he didn't have school schedules, etc.

Dare I say... I like it? I love the lighter evenings, especially on those nice days when the kids can play outside getting all the drops of sunlight they can.

We have had a hard time with daylight savings in years past, but this time I was smarter. I had the kids running around like crazy yesterday riding their bikes, playing basketball and getting as much exercise as possible - yes, even in the chilly sprinkly afternoon. Two out of three fell asleep instantly upon going to bed. The other one stayed awake in her bed for a while, but fell asleep before too late. They all took an extra minute or two to rise this morning, but they weren't feeling overly tired.

I'll take the slight inconvenience for all the benefits of sunlight later in the evenings!

@anotheranon - we went to the first show of Oz yesterday and it was delightfully empty (even though all the shows had sold out the day before). The friendly ticket seller even said she knew it would be very quiet because everyone forgot about Daylight Savings Time.

So yeah, I overall like it, deal with it, don't really care that much either way.

I dare say I think that the sunny weekend and all the outdoor vitamin D time helped us all this weekend in sleep. I say bring on the long nights of summer!

Geez, you're kinda preaching to the choir ( or not, some if us couldn't care less). I don't know about the rest of the mamas here, but I've got bigger things going on than getting upset over a measly hour. I say just get over it. Don't you have anything else to worry about? No offense, but seriously.

I agree with the OP. It doesn't even make sense anymore (farming schedules), and the evenings get naturally lighter as summer comes. I miss waking up early to daylight.

I love the daylight evenings. More time to walk, hike or bike after work!

When the kids were small, we hedged their bedtimes a week beforehand a couple of times a year in the appropriate direction. We never had any kid issues because we had them prepared. It's not like this is a surprise, right? Everyone knows this happens twice a year, just plan for it.

My family can't stand DST. We blame the whole thing on George W. Bush. Because more needs to be blamed on him.

i like the extra daylight in the evenings, too, so i argue that we should never "fall back" in the first place. there's no point to it.

I like daylight savings, but I'm also down with blaming more stuff on Dubya.

I have to say I agree with those above who don't really care. It is what it is - an hour. Some countries do this, others do not. Ours does. I have lived in countries that don't do this and I have lived here. Our human bodies adjust to things, usually quickly. We may have to make some minor adjustments, but not a big deal.

The problem for me isn't the hour gained/lost, it's that it's not "real" time. Yeah, I know, we're at the western edge of a time zone, which skews things, and sundials are impractical to carry in your purse (hmm...sundial app, anyone?) but I really would prefer 12-ish to be sun-in-the-middle-of-the-sky-ish.

The whole control issue, like, a bunch of dudes in DC whining about controlling time? Yeah, I'll blame 'em (on both sides of the aisle)...

Eh, since it has some science-y applications, I'm not willing to give a war criminal and depression creating village idiot credit (or blame) for it. If I hated it (which I don't), I be more inclined to blame it on Cheney (cause you know, evil and stuff).

"He despised phonies, his 1969 Volvo (which he also loved), know-it-all Yankees, Southerners who used the words “veranda” and “porte cochere” to put on airs, eating grape leaves, Law and Order (all franchises), cats, and Martha Stewart. In reverse order. He particularly hated Day Light Saving Time, which he referred to as The Devil’s Time. It is not lost on his family that he died the very day that he would have had to spring his clock forward. This can only be viewed as his final protest."

So some cracker who obviously thought he was a latter day Faulkner didn't like Daylight Savings Time and I should agree with him, because????

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The change in time is always a bit hard on my son, who has Asperger's and is often thrown off by small changes such as this. It usually takes us a week to recover. And that's even if we prep the kids with adjusting the schedule slightly several days before. Like many kids on the spectrum, he is highly sensitive to environmental changes, and can feel the change in his bones, even if he knows it's coming and can mentally prepare for it.

At the same time, he (and I!) also love the lighter evenings.

In the end, I agree with OP. DST doesn't make logical sense anymore.

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