Twice a year, I spend a few weeks complaining about ‘falling back’ and ‘springing forward’. The time change drives me crazy. Most countries adopted Daylight Saving Time in the beginning of the 20th century to conserve fuel for the war. But times have changed.
And every Autumn we lose a bit of much-wanted evening light. And every March we all wake up at 6am/6.30am and look forward to British Summer Time beginning so we get more light in the evening and less light in the mornings. But imagine, if you will, a world where British Summer Time is the standard time. There would be no change. And when you imagine how much life would be better, you see what a bastard the clock changes actually are.
5 Annoying Things about Daylight Saving Time:
1. There is the frenzy of figuring out if skipping forward means you lose an hour or gain an hour. We do this twice a year. Why do I have to think about this every time.
2. When you have figured out which way the clocks go, then you have to change the time on everything: your watch, the clocks, the microwave, kids’ alarm clocks and the car(s). With the 10 minutes saved from this, you could have had a nap. And you need a nap from losing sleep.
3. If you work a typical office job, you spend the winter leaving the office in the dark. You commute in the dark. You arrive home in the dark. You forget what your family looks like in natural lighting.
4. Twice a year, everyone has to get used to going to sleep and waking up at a different time. It’s like going on holiday, but without the fun bits. Just the jet lag. And no tan. No frickin tan!
5. Kids. Explaining to small children that they need to go to bed earlier or later for no reason. Amazingly, they just don’t get it. And what about the new charming 5am wake-ups? Ugh. And there’s always some know-it-all on FB talking about how they’ve spent a week before the time change adjusting their child’s schedule. Double ugh.