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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Daylight Saving Time

  • This weekend marks the start of Daylight Saving Time for most of the United States—except Arizona.

     


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  • This weekend marks the start of Daylight Saving Time for most of the United States—except Arizona.
    During early spring (this year, March 11 at 2 a.m.) we move our clocks ahead one hour. Hence comes the phrase “spring ahead.”?
    I’ll admit, that Sunday morning when I?wake up I don’t feel very springy.?I feel like I’ve lost hours of sleep, not just one.
    The good news is the clock in my car has the right time for the first time since last November.
    Sunday night I go to bed at my regular time, but I’m not sleepy, so I?end up staying up another hour. But in the morning my alarm clock is screaming at me at 5 a.m., not 6 a.m. like it says.
    After Daylight Saving Time, I eat breakfast at my normal time of 7:30 a.m. But in reality, it is only 6:30 a.m., and I’m not hungry so I force myself to eat. By 10:30 a.m. that morning I’m starving again!
    Again that night it’s dinner time on the clock, but I ate my lunch at 10:30 a.m. and had to have a snack again at 3:30 p.m. so I’m not hungry—yet.
    The late evening news comes on and I?wonder if they forgot to set their clocks ahead. It can’t be 10 p.m. already! I’m not tired until 11 p.m. and so the cycle begins again.
    By Wednesday I have a headache and I’m irritable. My stomach has managed to adjust to the time change, but I?can’t wrap my head around it. After Sunday evening of laying in bed until almost midnight trying to sleep and feeling like I’m getting up way too early the following morning, I’m starting to come apart at the seams.
    My stomach hasn’t yet adjusted to meal times, it gave up and decided to  be hungry all the time. I figure it thinks that way it might actually be right when it is actually time to eat.
    The night before Daylight Savings I meticulously begin the task of changing all of the clocks in my house an hour ahead so I won’t be confused the following morning.
    I always forget one.
    Most often its the time on the microwave. 
    Ironically, that seems to be the first clock I look at each morning. I rush around for a half-hour before realizing that I didn’t over-sleep.
    But when I try to fix the clock on the microwave I?set the timer instead.
    Instead of the sun beginning its descent in the west on my drive home from work it’s still fairly high in the sky, causing another headache from the glare.
    Page 2 of 2 - While morning people are skipping around sucking in all the valuable Vitamin D we now get with an earlier sunrise, I decide Daylight Savings Time is a secret plot by those people to get “night people” like me out of bed earlier.
    It makes me more irritable.
    Who enjoys this? Why can’t we be like Arizona and be independent from Daylight Saving Time?
    According to the U.S. Government, Daylight Saving Time leads to energy and fuel savings.
    I seriously doubt that it saves me any energy when for the next two weeks I’ll be watching television until 2 a.m. because my body can’t adjust and I’ve gone into a state of being so over-tired I can’t sleep even if I wanted to.
    According to the Internet, the United States (including Arizona) has gone on Daylight Saving Time in both World War I and World War II, but then gone off after the wars were over.
    In 1973, a more permanent federal law was enacted to help with the oil shortages of that time. Arizona asked for, and was eventually granted, an exemption.
    Daylight Saving Time is four weeks longer since 2007, due to the passage of the Energy Policy Act in 2005. The Act extended Daylight Saving time by four weeks, from the second Sunday of March, to the first Sunday of November, with the hope it would save 10,000 barrels of oil each day through reduced use of power by businesses during daylight hours.
    Studies say now it is possible that little to no energy is saved by Daylight Saving Time. 
    So where is all the energy that we are supposed to be conserving? I could use some of it.
    For 36 years I’ve struggled for weeks with Daylight Saving time and I’ve had enough.
    Arizona, here I come!
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