Monday, November 4, 2013

I am Ambivalent!

Well today I am sort of caught in the middle. This is a love/hate topic for me. Daylight Savings Time! There is both good and bad in my mind about the whole thing. The truth is is just a government mandated ploy to make us feel that for at least 6 months of the year we are somehow getting more out of  24 hours than we are the rest of the year. It is a  head game and nothing more. That being said.....I do sort of like the idea that in the fall I am getting an extra hour to sleep. I am really not, but I am good with the mental perception that I am. Of course this only lasts about a week into the time change and then once my body has adjusted, I am back to feeling somehow cheated of sleep when my alarm goes off. So there you have it....that is what I like about the fall time change.

What I hate about the fall time change is the way we are plunged into darkness at 5 p.m. for the next 5-6 months. It is already getting cold and dreary, must we have extra hours of darkness too? It feels as if our days are cut short and for those who have extra long work hours, they often find themselves both coming and going in darkness. It sucks.

In the spring somehow the time change is a bit more palatable. Yes we are mentally tortured into believing that we are losing a precious hour of sleep, but again, like in the fall....after our bodies adjust it is hardly any different than our usual lack of sleep. The hour loss of sleep though is evened out with daylight until almost 10 p.m. and there is warmth and sunshine included. The trade is usually met with a better response because the trade off of less sleep for more daylight is welcomed.

Okay....I do love a point. I love having to pull on the light jacket or sweater, the turning leaves, the rainy days and that one week of perceived extra sleep. However, once the wind starts howling from the north, the trees are bare and we are plunged into darkness for at least 12 hours a day.....I am no longer a fan. So there you have it folks. As far as Daylight Savings Time goes......I am ambivalent!


Anonymous said...

me too!

J'nelle said...

Boo messing with the clocks spring or fall.

Lindbro said...

My perception is that we are "screwing" with Mother Nature and that has N E V E R been a good thing! LOL