Sunday, March 11, 2018

Spring ahead for Daylight Saving Time even if you hate it

Daylight Saving Time starts in two hours.  Watch USA Today's video that means it's time to "get ready for clock confusion."

This Sunday at 2 a.m., your clocks will jump ahead one hour, the start of more evening sunlight for months to come.
Ever since I first mentioned Daylight Saving Time on this blog in 2012, I've become increasingly skeptical of its benefits.  Wochit News summarizes many if not most of my concerns in There Are So Many Reasons To Hate Daylight Savings Time!

If you live in an area that engages in daylight savings, prepare to lose an hour of sleep Sunday morning. Daylight saving time has been linked to a host of mental and physical health issues. It can put people at greater risk for cardiovascular conditions. It's also the reason why some individuals experience Seasonal Affective Disorder. Even worse, it costs us money! Although it was invented to save energy, people use more electricity once DST starts!
All of this has made "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" ask how is this still a thing?"  I myself observed "I used to like Daylight Saving Time, but I'm beginning to wonder if the dozen states considering getting rid of it have the right idea."  John Oliver and I are not alone, as WGRZ in Buffalo asks Should New York Get Rid of Daylight Saving Time?

In the unscientific survey of viewers, 78% responded yes.  John Oliver is right.  How is this still a thing?


  1. I like the light in the evening rather than the morning. I'm willing to get up in the dark part of the year to have daylight after work when I can get enjoyment out of it. I say let's do away with standard time, and go on daylight savings time permanently.

    1. I'm in favor of that, too, although that could mean the sun getting up at 9:00 between Christmas and New Years here in Michigan. That would be depressing.

      BTW, I'm flattered to see you show up. I'll return the favor by commenting on your latest "Lost Heroes of Conservatism" post. I'm reminded of Father Coughlin. I used to live down the street from his church.

  2. I hate changing times. I always have problems with sleeping schedule... Anyway, nice blog.