Thursday, March 5, 2015

To Spring Ahead Or Not? Thoughts on DST

At 2:00 am on Saturday, March 8, 2015, I’ll lose an hour of sleep and I won’t be alone. According to Time and, “DST aka Daylight Savings Time is now in use in over 70 countries worldwide and affects over a billion people every year. 

DST is an hour change in standard time that was ordinarily implemented to conserve energy. When it’s in effect, it creates the illusion that the sun rises and sets later. I like the sunlight-stretching effect, especially when I can drive home after work and still have some daylight hours to walk or garden, but I don’t like losing the hour of sleep and I’m not alone in having mixed feelings the time change.

There’s a lot of debate about whether DST actually saves energy now that people have replaced the old tungsten bulbs with CFL (compact fluorescent lights) and LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs, which are more energy-efficient. Also, DST doesn’t factor in all the other electronics people routinely use that require more electricity than lights.  So many argue that DST might actually be consuming more energy than it saves.

Other people complain about the confusion that DST causes because not all countries implement DST and each country sets its own date for this strange clock resetting.

Yet, every year, most of us buy into DST and dutifully spring forward and fall back. That said we don’t do it without voicing our opinions. Here are thirteen.

  1. Daylight Saving Time: Only the government would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket, sew it to the bottom, and have a longer blanket. ~ Anonymous
  2. I don't mind going back to daylight saving time. With inflation, the hour will be the only thing I've saved all year. ~ Victor Borge
  3. Daylight savings time is tonight and is one of the best excuses for not being on time, needs to happen more often. ~ Anonymous
  4. I don't really care how time is reckoned so long as there is some agreement about it, but I object to being told that I am saving daylight when my reason tells me that I am doing nothing of the kind. I even object to the implication that I am wasting something valuable if I stay in bed after the sun has risen. As an admirer of moonlight I resent the bossy insistence of those who want to reduce my time for enjoying it. At the back of the Daylight Saving scheme I detect the bony, blue-fingered hand of Puritanism, eager to push people into bed earlier, and get them up earlier, to make them healthy, wealthy and wise in spite of themselves. ~ Robertson Davies
  5. Daylight time, a monstrosity in timekeeping. ~ Harry S. Truman
  6. I wish daylight savings time worked the other way in the fall...We could fall forward. Sunrise about 10am. Sunset, 9pm. Cool with me. ~ Anonymous
  7. Don’t forget it’s daylight savings time. You spring forward, then you fall back. It’s like Robert Downey Jr. getting out of bed. ~ David Letterman
  8. I know when it’s daylight savings time because it is pitch black outside and my body refuses to leave the bed. ~ Anonymous
  9. I say it is impossible that so sensible a people [citizens of Paris], under such circumstances, should have lived so long by the smoky, unwholesome, and enormously expensive light of candles, if they had really known that they might have had as much pure light of the sun for nothing. ~ Benjamin Franklin
  10. Instead of daylight savings time, we just need to shorten the workday, so I don’t have to get up while it’s dark. ~ Anonymous
  11. An extra yawn one morning in the springtime, an extra snooze one night in the autumn is all that we ask in return for dazzling gifts. We borrow an hour one night in April; we pay it back with golden interest five months later. ~ Winston Churchill
  12. You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe “Daylight Saving Time.” ~ Dave Barry
  13. It seems very strange ... that in the course of the world's history so obvious an improvement should never have been adopted. ... The next generation of Britishers would be the better for having had this extra hour of daylight in their childhood. ~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

What do you think? Are you for DST? Against it? Or still deciding? Please share.


  1. I think they should just change all the clocks by a 1/2 hour this spring, and then leave well enough alone and never change it again.

  2. I feel a little arbitraily jerked around. I wish they'd pick one of the other.

    Oh, what Country Dew said.

  3. I like daylight savings time, but I think the time of year it is done was set by southerners. It means I'll be getting up in the dark.

    1. Alice Audrey,

      You could be right. I remember when my children were little I loved having it be dark later in the mornings because they slept longer. :) And then so did I.

  4. Colleen,
    Yeah. I think a lot of people agree.

  5. So not looking forward to losing an hour of sleep this weekend. I much prefer the end of DST, when get to sleep that extra hour. Thanks for visiting, and Happy World Reading Day! ☺

  6. I don't mind gaining an hour, but I truly dislike losing it. I kinda wish we just stayed the same all year as nature intended.