Today marks the beginning of Daylight Saving Time in much of the US). I will admit that I love the longer days that Daylight Saving brings, but I don't love losing an hour of sleep as we change our clocks (well many of us). It can, sometimes, be a lengthy adjustment for my body to make.
I started wondering why and how Daylight Saving came to be and found, to my surprise, found that it was actually first implemented in Germany and Austria-Hungary in 1895. I also didn't know that many countries in the world still practice it, along with most of the US (Arizona and Hawaii don't join in, interestingly, two of the sunniest states).
Another interesting thing I learned, is that Daylight Saving Time (DST) starts in the spring and ends in the fall (I always manage to confuse if we are starting or ending it).
Here's a little bit from that article linked above as to the WHY of DST:
By synchronously resetting all clocks in a society to be one hour ahead of Standard Time (one hour "fast"),individuals who do follow a year-round schedule will effectively wake an hour earlier than they would have otherwise; they will begin and complete daily work routines an hour earlier, and they will experience an extra hour of daylight following their workday activities. An immediate drawback to this trade is that individuals will experience one fewer hour of daylight at the start of each day, making the policy less practical during winter.[
If you are looking for some suggestions (like me) on surviving the 'Spring Forward' I found a few from Polyclinic Sleep Medicine Center in Seattle (which takes "Sleepless in Seattle" to a whole new level...haha...sorry, I couldn't resist):
- If you didn't set your clock forward an hour last night, do it now, and start living by the time according to your clock.
- Get up in the morning at your regular time, according to your clock.
- Resist the urge to take a nap on Sunday
- Go to bed on Sunday at your regular time, according to your clock.
I guess, the more quickly we force our bodies to adjust to the time change, then, the faster we will adjust. The good news is that all of this means we are heading into more SUNSHINE in our days!!
Try documenting your adjustment to Daylight Saving Time by taking photos of clocks or adding some smartphone screenshots to your layout.