I’m Failing at Daylight Savings Time

I hate daylight savings time. There, I said it. Yep, I’m one of those people. I didn’t grow up with daylight savings time. Maybe if you do, it becomes such a part of life that you don’t even question it. I just don’t see the logic in it. Argue all you want, but you aren’t actually changing the number of hours of daylight you get. You’re just changing what you call each hour.

It’s probably my way of rebelling against the system, but every year, twice a year, I fail at daylight savings. It’s varied year to year as far as how bad my failure is. I tend to be especially bad in the Spring.

I thought this Spring was going to be okay. And the first couple of days, it was. Granted, I still haven’t reset any of my clocks at home. Generally it takes me 2 weeks to a month to finally switch them over. It’s like some part of me hopes that everyone will eventually revolt, and decide to switch back. I know, it isn’t going to happen. A girl can dream though, right?

And then, last night, it all started unraveling. I’d decided to take a break after a long day, and did some reading. Eventually, I looked at the clock and (adding an hour) realized it was really late. Shit! I’m already not a morning person; Not getting enough sleep really doesn’t help! So, I shut everything down, and went to bed. And of course, my alarm went off this morning, and I was feeling the pain. I went to bed too late! And was waking up an hour earlier than my body knew I should. A whole hour of sleep, gone! I feel robbed every morning for weeks!

Complain as I might, I couldn’t change it. So, I got ready for work, and headed out the door. And by 10 AM, I’m starving! Usually I start feeling hungry around 11, and aim to eat at noon. But now noon is 11. So, I’m starting to get hungry at 10. I can hold off till 11. But till noon? My body is telling me I can call it whatever I want, but lunch time didn’t change. And I totally agree.

So basically, I’m a big whiner, who hates change. I hold on to the hope that eventually, someday, the people in my state will say “Hey, this is dumb! Let’s go back to our old way, and ignore what everyone else is doing!” I know I’m not alone. I spend weeks trying to adjust my body to the new time schedules. And just when I’m finally comfortable with the new change? They switch it back!  Damn-it people!

I’ll admit, Arizona weighs heavily on my list of retirement destinations. No time change. My kind of people!

– Cindy W.

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