Tuesday, March 15, 2016

It's Time to Put an End to Daylight Saving Time

So can we find a way to stop the absolute madness that is daylight saving time?

There is simply no reason to continue participating in this outdated, dangerous hassle of changing time twice a year. People get all excited because they love the extra hour or daylight. As if by changing all our clocks we actually fool the sun into giving us more daylight. Come on! You simply rob the morning of that hour of sunlight to call it evening sunlight.

In the process, everybody has their sleep schedules messed up. We are a country who can't afford this kind of disruption since we already struggle to get enough quality sleep. It's bad for our health, it makes us all crabby, we make more mistakes, get in more accidents and we do it without any actual justification.

Every year it gets harder and harder to adjust. And it's not just people who are struggling. Our animals have a tough time with it too. We function on a schedule so they know when it's time to eat, time to go outside, time to get up and time to go to bed. Twice a year they are forced to adjust to the new schedule because we can't explain to them that 5pm is now 6pm because of daylight saving time.

Think of all the work involved in changing the time. There is the obvious work of physically turning back clocks. Then there is the work involved in setting computer programs, shift workers who get robbed of an hour, people who are traveling, scheduling...

It's hard on everyone but I feel like it's harder now that I'm living with chronic pain. My schedule is so crutial to my ability to cope and manage my pain conditions.

My frustration with the whole thing grows every year. I just can't understand why we continue to put ourselves through this hassle. If anyone tried to introduce this idea now, it would never be enacted. We would find the very notion crazy. We wouldn't find any benefit worth the logistical nightmare and massive disruption to our lives. But for some reason we continue down this path year after year. Never really even discussing if we should.

It's time to put an end to daylight saving time.

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