Friday, March 20, 2009

Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

OK, enough with the Daylight Savings Time fiasco. I don’t care how wonderful the reasons are for this unreasonable attempt to make nature fit our human lifestyles; you can’t really change the hours in a day. The sun will shine for however long it’s supposed to shine. The number of hours depends on the relative distance from and the angle between the earth and the sun. It has nothing to do with the number on our watches. Pretending it’s 6pm when it’s really 5pm is just plain silly. Plus, it messes with people’s rhythms.

The human body has various processes (digestion, blood flow, etc.) which are constantly in action. These processes have ebbs and flows in the same way the oceans do. These fluctuations are commonly called biorhythms, and are part of who we are. We all know people who wake up ready to get going—who are most productive in the morning. Then there are those who do their best work in the evening after everybody else has gone to bed. Morning person or night person, most of us tend to have a downtime in the afternoon. And pretending it’s 3pm when it’s actually 2pm isn’t going to change that.

There aren’t enough hours in the day as it is, and when the "time changes" (which is a ridiculous statement) we all go through a period of adjustment. This adjustment can decrease productivity and increase stress. It’s sort of like jet lag—without benefit of travel.

Maybe I’ll go to Hawaii next time the "time changes." If I’m going to have jet lag, I want pictures to show for it.

Have a great weekend!


  1. Ha! Wish I could go to Hawaii with you.

  2. I would be willing to suffer jet lag if I could do it in Hawaii. That's one place I hope to go some day.