Monday, September 28, 2009
Daylight Saving Time
Daylight Saving Time was originally created to make better use of daylight and decrease energy consumption. Adding daylight in the afternoon also benefits retailing, sports and other activities that exploit sunlight after working hours. However, the shift in daylight causes problems for farming, evening entertainment and other occupations tied to the sun. Numerous studies have been done to determine the effect of time change on the severity of auto accidents and many feel the change creates sleep disturbances.
We all know that the time changing is our reminder to change the batteries in our smoke detectors, and that the name of our time zones change to correlate with whether we’re in Daylight time or Standard time. But consider this: twins are born as the time changes. The first twin is born at 1:55; the second is born ten minutes later at 2:05. Since time changes at 2:00, the second twin’s time of birth is actually 1:05, reversing their birth order (on paper).
Here’s something else to make you go hmmm….What will you do in your “extra” hour on November 1st this year? Will you exercise? Read? How about finish a craft that’s been awaiting your attention? Or maybe you’ll try a new craft. There are many things you can get in an hour these days – a glucose test, a cash advance, or a photo. Most people say they get an extra hour of sleep. That is usually how I choose to spend my extra hour when DST ends. But, this year, I think I’ll try something active. I think I’ll call my brother in Hawaii and brag about the extra hour in my day.