Daylight Savings Time – Spring

gettyimages-2668240_wide-966a84ec2878a3cfee03084ec7e9330194879583-s1600-c85As I slowly move through the house changing time on clocks it dawns on me that there are just too many clocks in my house. The one one the wall, the one on the fireplace mantle, the oven, the microwave, the alarm clock and the Mr. Coffee. Later today I will change the clocks in both vehicles and my watch.

What a pain in the ass to deal with playing with Mother Nature. I remember one year being on a red eye flight from Portland Oregon to Philadelphia Pennsylvania where I traveled through three time zones on daylight savings night. I had no idea what time it was when we landed. There was even a year where I was an hour late for work which cost me a 3 day suspension. The funny thing is I thought I was 30 minutes early and sat outside drinking coffee until I thought it was time to go in.

I was just getting used to driving to work in the daylight, but now I will once again be driving in the dark for a while. I have to say though that it fits the lifestyle well for the typical West Coaster who enjoys sleeping later and taking advantage of the evenings. In the height of summer the sun won’t set until close to 10:00 at night. For me I am usually in bed already sound asleep. I am an early riser who loves the peace that the morning brings.

I have 5 smoke detecters to check today. That’s what Daylight savings means to me. I will try to forget the fact that twice a year my circadian rhythm is totally thrown off by this nonsense of changing time.

The idea behind this whole process was to provide more daylight when people want to be active and energy savings. I don’t believe that there is too much proof to the truth of either and I still don’t know why we go through this process in Spring and Fall.

You know that I usually have positive things to say but in the case of messing with nature and time itself I say “Nay”.
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Blood Sugar- 120, Weight- 191.3

Today is a day of rest and although I will be looking at my Bowflex machine, I will not touch it. Last night I went a little overboard at dinner as I found it to be quite delicious. After dinner I found myself munching on crackers and drinking beer. It was a bad combination and lead me to higher glucose numbers this morning. The best way to fix this problem is tell myself, “Don’t do that”.
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At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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14 Responses to Daylight Savings Time – Spring

  1. Kim Smyth says:

    I did some overindulging myself yesterday as it was my birthday, this is the first time I’ve experienced daylight savings time on my actual birthday. Can’t say I’m a fan, since we stayed up into the wee hours of the morning celebrating!

  2. I get to miss this one, since I just moved to AZ [this state does not participate]. At first I am going to miss it-those extra late sunsets, I associate with summer. It will be dark my 8pm. Were you are it’s 10-WOW. I will not be missing the down side: studies have shown that the clock changing is an unhealthy habit, interrupting the body’s natural rhythms. I was floored when I read the famous Dr. Mercola article about it [“Daylight Savings Time May Cost You Extra”] and studies show the cardiac arrest, rates go up the the week following the jump forward and also the reason behind the higher spring suicide rate. That “spring forward” does take it’s toll. Like you say messing with nature. I have been trying to get my rhythms straight again and living tiny, has made waking earlier easier, even on my severe pain days-not having the change here will help me keep on track. I will get used to the early evenings as I have been doing and I prefer to watch those great blockbusters in the dark. Also it allows more time for Melatonin production, before turning in. If it’s light later, there just is not time. I used to sleep later in summer.

  3. camcoogan says:

    Wow, a 3 day suspension for being an hour late? That’s just crazy! As far as day light savings time, I guess I really never gave it much thought. All kinda like flipping the calendar to the next month. The time change does mess up the cat, though, as far as her feeding schedule. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    When I retire, I am going to eliminate all clocks and try living by the sun. Now THAT would be a challenge.

  4. We live in Minnesota, so I absolutely LOVE daylight savings time!

  5. Elisabeth P says:

    In Europe time changes on the last Sunday of March. I watched on tv that after the daylight savings time was first applied in the US, people didn’t welcomed it at all so it was “suspended” for some years.
    It seems that for a such a big country with several time zones, the Daylight savings time-change has different effects in different states. But after all, in a few months it will change again -again. ๐Ÿ™‚

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