It’s getting darker. It’s noticeable now. As autumn slowly morphs toward winter, the days are getting shorter.
And tomorrow, of course, we “fall back,” our clocks correcting the course of time in the biannual exercise that results from Daylight Saving Time.
There is nothing natural about changing our clocks, and, as far as I can tell, there is no real advantage to it either. I think the only reason we continue to go through this routine is, as in so many things, inertia. Let’s pick a time, once and for all, and stick with it.
If people perceive that time changes are needed, the logical answer is to change the schedule – not the clock.
There have been efforts. After Florida approved the Sunshine Protection Act in March this year to simply stay on DST year round, it languishes – unsurprisingly – at the federal level. Why?
Studies have shown that our current implementation of DST results in negligible, if any, benefits in terms of saving energy – in fact, it may increase our energy usage. Of course, there are all the other supposed benefits to DST, like … hmmm, honestly, there really aren’t any, as far as I can tell. Some business sectors may see advantages to it.
On the other hand, the practice of changing our clocks twice a year has negative impacts – mainly health and psychological. Messing with clocks messes with our circadian rhythm, hence, sleep problems which can affect, at the very least, mood. Studies are out there that show that clock changing also translates to increased risks of traffic accidents, workplace accidents, heart attacks, and strokes.
Personally, I’m not happy about the clock change we’re about to execute. I am a very early riser to begin with. This just messes with my head. Worse, this presents as sudden looming darkness just about the time I’m done working on Monday. I’d rather ease into that transition instead of having it happen overnight. You know, the way nature intended.
I assert that this is an exercise whose time has come. Why we all mutely go along with this annoying and ill-advised practice is sad and unsurprising commentary.
Go ahead. Question authority.
I know this is small potatoes given the tremendous issues with which we are currently confronted. Nevertheless, this is also one of those instructive ones – doing what makes sense, in concert with nature instead of fighting with it, and good for everyone rather than just certain business sectors. And it’s a simple fix, for Pete’s sake.
Go ahead, pick one. DST all year round, whatever. Let’s just stop changing the clock. And, by all means, live in the now.