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Daddy Rants about Daylight Savings Time

What time is it?What time is it? A lot of people are asking that question right now. Yep, it’s Daylight Savings Day… or what I like to call: “Tell Me Again Why the Heck We Do this Day”! But I digress; you asked what time it is. I’ll rant… I mean write… about this ridiculous bi-annual imposition on the people of the world in a sec. But to answer your question, here is the official 2012 Day Light Savings Time:

 

 

 

 

This widget is a public service provided by the Time and Frequency Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). It is a web clock showing the official time of day from NIST, displayed as a 12 or 24-hour clock, in a user-selectable time zone. The default time zone comes from the time zone setting on your computer.

We spring forward on Sunday, March 11 at 2am

Oh, you’re still here? I figured you’d find out the time and be on your merry way. Well, perhaps not so merry way because you just lost an hour of sleep? We’re supposed to remember it by using the expression “spring forward”, but personally I’ve always thought of it as more of a “lurch forward”… toward Starbucks, that is.

This time change has become even harder since I’ve become a parent. You? First of all, there’s the ever present sleep deprivation. And no sooner do we get our finely tuned blood/caffeine balance calibrated to perfection, they switch things up. Then there’s our children. Anyone have tips on getting our kids onto the new time?

So how do you feel about this so called Daylight Saving? Personally I’d like everyone in the world to pick a time (maybe split the difference?) and just do away with the whole thing, but I’m probably not smart enough to understand the consequences? Please leave a comment and enlighten me.

I think Benjamin Franklin thought daylight saving up; of course he also flew kites in thunderstorms? Can you tell me why it originally did and/or still does makes sense? Personally it just seems like Daylight Shifting Time to me. We don’t change the number of daylight hours, but maybe I’m missing something?

Why throw our finely tuned circadian rhythms off twice each year, or our finely balanced blood caffeine levels, as the case may be? There’s plenty of evidence the severity of auto accidents increases and work productivity decreases as people try to adjust. It’s also particularly hard on people with sleep disorders.

Daylight Saving—Love it, hate it, don’t care?

For more of Michael Schmid’s posts you can find him at adaddyblog.com, and follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.

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