Fall Back

images  Remember to turn the clocks back

Spring forward, Fall Back.

Today, November 2, 2014 at 2 am in California we turned our clocks back by 1 hour to Standard Time. DST or daylight savings time is over until Spring of 2015. Hooray!

I have never liked Daylight Savings Time. I am not a morning person and the idea of getting 1 hour less sleep did not appeal to me. Depending on where you live in the world and in the United States the time changes differ. Some countries do not observe it at all as well as two states in the US which are Arizona and Hawaii.

So today we go around the house and reset our clocks and wrist watches and the clocks on our stove, microwave and in our cars. Usually some of these gets missed. I am pretty good at doing the mental calculations if I realize the car clock is off by 1 hour. It really doesn’t confuse me. What time is it again?

There have been many reasons given for why we need DST. Conserve coal energy during WWI, more daylight to play golf, sports, watch sporting events or search for insects after work hours among other things. The insect idea was from an entomologist from New Zealand.

All I know is I love the Fall Back and do not like the Spring Forward. There is scientific information that all this artificial time changing is not good for our health.  It messes with our natural circadian rhythms. There are more car accidents and heart attacks from this man-made sleep deprivation. Would you rather have more time to hunt for insects even if it may lead to your death? Well, I guess it depends how passionate you are about these evening hours pursuits.

Ask Smithsonian: How Does Daylight Savings Affect the Body? | Smithsonian.

What do you think? Do you have the time changes where you live? What time is it there?

|Nano Poblano|

|NoBloPoMo| still trying to figure this one out 😦

13 thoughts on “Fall Back

  1. Laura L.

    Hate it hate it hate it. No matter which direction. It totally messes with my inner clock. There’s no good reason to do it any more (if there ever was). Do away with it, I say. Also… I lived in Indiana, where one side of the street was set differently from another as part of the state observes DST and part doesn’t. Also… I can never remember which way it works because in my life I have fallen forward more than I’ve ever fallen back and likewise, if I’m springing it is usually away (back) from something. Bah and humbug.

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    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      One side of the street was different from the other. That is so funny! 😀 I guess I can be grateful I don’t live in Indiana. I would get confused with the Falling and Springing as well. Probably because I was half asleep at the time 🙂

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  2. Teresa Oh

    I like the cicardian rhythm. It’s practically one season (summer) here in Singapore with two types of weather, sun and rain. Recently, no thanks to sumatran slash and burn habits, we have the haze… cough cough 😦

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    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      I did some quick research on Wikipedia for this post. It covers some of the history. Apparently Fall Back was decided because Daylight Savings does not work well in Fall and Winter because the days are shorter.

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  3. Audrey Meltzer

    Here in Melbourne, Australia, we’re now on AEDT (Australian Eastern Daylight Time), and one more month before we’re into summer. I’m not a morning person, either, and my views are similar to yours and a few others who don’t care for clock changes, Debbie. The Northern Territory, Queensland, and Western Australia do not observe Daylight Savings, by the way. Speaking only personally, of course, I hope they realize what they’re not missing!

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    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      When I did a mini research for this post I found out that time changes vary all over the world. I was getting confused just reading about it. I thought the little Smithsonian video was good in that they point out DST is not healthy for us. If you read some of the history on Wikipedia you find out that people wanted whole countries to establish these time changes so they could have time to play golf or collect insects. Unbelievable.

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