Spring Forward is a Misnomer

Yes, we turn the clocks forward an hour, so technically it is a true moniker, but in reality, it’s far from it.

Example: you’re in a nice routine, hitting the sack at 10pm ST (Standard Time) and rising at 6. Almost to the point where you don’t need an alarm. It’s winter, so it gets dark early, as it has since the world began, and once the winter solstice hit, you started to notice the normal, slow lengthening of the days. Spring is on its way!

Then, earlier this year than ever before, Daylight Savings comes along. Many, like me, grumble and rail against the change; others love the “hour more of sunlight!”

Let me explain that “hour more”. It’s not. What DST is, in reality, is a setting back of our body clocks* one hour, plain and simple. In exchange for what Mother Nature was gradually bringing us anyway. Yes, you get home from work at 7DST and there’s still a bit of sunlight left, but at what cost?

At night your comfortable 10pm bedtime is now, thanks to DST, actually 9pm body clock time. So you’re not getting an extra hour of light, you’re losing an hour of time before bed! If you stay up until you get actually sleepy, the clock reads 11, which isn’t enough sleep time. And in the morning your 6 am is now 7DST, so you have to wake up (body clock) at 5. Everything is back an hour. And I don’t know about you, but having to go to bed when I’m NOT tired in order to get up an hour earlier when I AM tired to fit the clock is a really, really grumbly, completely ridiculous change.

If everyone would just be patient and let things roll in their own time, we’d have gained that “extra hour of sunlight” soon enough, without the stress to our bodies. Doesn’t that make more sense in the long run?

©Pip Miller – March 2017

*Standard Time (aka ST) and body-clock time are interchangeable terms.

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2 thoughts on “Spring Forward is a Misnomer

  1. Massachusetts is considering staying on DST year round. Why not just stay on real time year round? I hate the clock changes, and spring is the worst. I change the clock before I go to bed in spring, and after I get up in the autumn. Getting up at 9, only to realize after changing the clock in that spring morning that it is now 10 am and I am an hour late for everything I do…not my favorite thing. Getting up at 9 in the autumn, changing the clock, and yay, it’s only 8, I’m an hour early for everything. That I can live with. I wish they’d just outlaw the whole idiot DST forever.

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    • It’s tempting, but confusing to keep it the same when the rest of the state isn’t. 😦

      I agree, the spring change is the worst. I read that that Sunday and Monday, hospitals see the most heart attack and strokes.

      I would love it if NM stayed on ST year round. Not DST.

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