Sunday, March 13, 2011

Daylight losing (sleep) time

Ring, ring, ring


I am going to be one cranky person on Monday. Spring daylight savings has once again arrived intent on messing up my usual schedule. Don’t preach, I get it, I know all the details. Daylight savings time is supposed to save energy and great thinkers like Benjamin Franklin have promoted its benefits since way back in the 1700’s. Sorry Benny, I still hate it. Ok, I take that back. I like it in the fall when we actually get more sleep.


I am cursed with having an internal clock that always wakes me at the same time. Unfortunately, I don’t have a button on my head that allows me to reset the thing. Now it will be one hour later than usual, and it will take a while to readjust. I get used to things the way they are and changes just throw me off. I mean, I was still writing 2010 on checks until the end of February. This day is just going to whiz by and when I lay me down to sleep at my clock set bedtime, my inner clock will insist that it will be too early.  I will lay wide-awake until that infernal timepiece inside my body finally decides to get with the program. By that time, I will have tossed for an hour and I will no longer be tired. Therefore, I will lose even more sleep.

When morning comes around, coffee by the gallon will be in order as I stagger out of bed with bleary eyes an hour late for whatever commitments I have on the agenda.

Yes, I know you sun worshipers out there are cheering this clock adjustment. Therefore, to all you daylight saving time lovers I have a few questions for you. Are you really going to stay up outside later when you have to get up at 5 a.m.? Are you really going to get off the roads and not drive anywhere? If you live in a warm climate, (think VA or Fla.) that gets to be over 100 degrees with 100% humidity during the summer, are you going to stay outside and not use your A.C.? Will your tiny tots go off to bed willingly as they insist that it’s “not night yet? “ Last of all on Monday morning, are you going to jump out of your bed, chipper and refreshed and smiling broadly in a very morning person kind of way? I think not.

18 comments:

maddyrose said...

I think our brains must be linked. I swear those very same remarks were swimming around in my heard. I'm always an early riser, and I love that I get so much done before most other people get out of bed and now I'm going loose an hour of that time. It's going to take awhile to adjust. :-)

Art with Liz said...

There's always an upside! Over here we'll be cold! And by the way, I love pastels! and yours are beautiful.

♥Jan♥ said...

Crystal, you have my vote to leave the time alone! I am retired and I still hate all of this "Spring Forward & Fall Back", time changes!
I too believe our inner clocks get all messed up with these changes and I don't believe it's healthy. Oh well, what can we do???
Neat painting again & perfect for your posting :)

Heather said...

Yes, it's already 1040 am! It always takes me about a month to adjust to the time change....and the kids, too! I know they won't be chipper tomorrow! Lucky me! hee hee!
I like the illustration, too! Thanks for your sweet comments, too! xxoo have a great sunday, crystal.

LadyCat said...

I agree, leave the time alone. I couldn't go to sleep last night. And I spent 15 minutes changing all our clocks, and I haven't even been out to the car yet. That will involve getting out the manual again...because I can't remember how to do it from last fall : )

Marlene said...

Yea, I hate time change also and never did think it made much sense. Great sketch of the clock however.

Betsy said...

I agree! Although the fall change is so much worse for me.

Marilou of Lulu's Lovlies and Heartful Creations said...

I agree and then when I finally adjust they change us back! Yuk, Have a better day! Hugs Marilou

angelandspot said...

I hate the change as well for awhile as it messes up my sleep cycle. I do love how it stays light later in the summer though as I am normally out in the barn until dark with the critters.

EVA said...

I'm with you!

Spring forward - ugh.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I so agree with you! I am not a fan of DST either.

Leovi said...

You're right, and if not much use. Earn one hour in autumn but in spring we lose and it costs more accustomed and get up earlier. I have been an illustration of the clock very nice. I wish you a wonderful week!

Magic Love Crow said...

Hey Crystal, you know what, it doesn't bother me too much. Just to let you know, Saskatchewan, a province in Canada, never changes their time. I just wish we would follow them ;o)

Janice said...

Yes, I so agree. I wish I had a button on my head that I could reset along with my clocks.

Judy Adamson said...

It's great to know that I'm not the only person who gets very grumpy about these silly time changes! We have a couple of weeks to go here in the UK before the clocks change and I'm already dreading it!

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

You have my vote to leave the time alone also!!! I hate this early switch in time, getting up and going to work in the dark. Grrrrh.

Lee said...

AMEN!

Rona Gregory said...

Someone sent me this quote from a wise old Indian who said "only the government could think that if you cut the top off a blanket and sew it onto the bottom of the blanket, you could make a longer blanket"

I love this1 In the UK we have been told over the years that the reason is to make things easier for dairy farmers to milk their cows in the light...guess what? we have electricity now! Or that it is to make it safer for children to walk to school in daylight...guess what they walk home in the dark (in the fall) Hey I don't care what reason they give us I agree with the wise old Indian!

Ro xxx

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