Joel Vernier

I settled into my “Comfy Chair” to take a nap, and for some reason, I just could not fall asleep, must be Daylight Savings Time! What exactly is “Daylight Savings Time?” I mean, there is only a finite amount of time; it’s not like we can save time up and spend it later. Saving time would be fantastic! We could save time for different purposes. 

Some may save time for the end of their lives; instead of just dying, they could use their saved-up time to do the things they always planned to do. They could empty their “bucket list” as the movie goes. We all treat time like it is never-ending, but alas for all of us, it does end sometime, and not always at the most convenient time. Other people may save time for life events like getting married or that special vacation at the beach on the ocean. You could extend your holiday by spending some of your saved time. In a year like 2020, some might save time for later so they could get through 2020 quicker.

Daylight Savings Time started by advancing clocks in the spring (spring forward), so darkness occurs later. Then in autumn, to set back the clocks (fall back) to return to standard time. George Hudson originally proposed it in 1895. Ben Franklin’s essay, “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light” seemed to lend credibility to the practice of saving light. 

It sounds simple, but it can affect many things in our daily lives, including our lives. Sleep patterns, circadian rhythms are often disrupted, medical devices, all of our clocks. This time change can cause confusion in how people think due to sleep being disrupted. It increases the risk of having a heart attack, an increase of up to 24 percent. Also, an increase in stroke may occur. It seems like a lot of problems just to be able to play golf later in the summer.

Daylight savings time was never intended to help farmers, as many people think. Hawaii and Arizona, two of my favorite vacation spots, do not practice Daylight Savings Time. I read that it should be “Daylight Saving Time,” not “savings time,” unsure what the difference is.

There are some benefits. It’s a good reminder to change the batteries in your smoke detector, to dig out the snowblower from the back of the garage. After all, this is 2020. I worry about a surprise blizzard. I put my snow tires on early just in case. 

In summer you can play sports later, take walks later, cut the grass later after work. It stays light later, so it makes it tougher to get the kids to bed. When we “fall back,” I gain an extra hour to take a nap, that’s not all bad if I can fall asleep. Spring forward or fall back; after a period of time, we all get used to it. Will it change? Will we go back to one standard time zone? Only time will tell!

“Remember, every day is a gift! Some are just a little more fun to open than others. – © Joel M. Vernier 10/27/2020 Author of: “The Guinea Pig In The Freezer.” joelmvernier@aol.com.

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