I’m getting started late today. We in the US turned our clocks ahead one hour for Daylight Savings Time (DST) this last weekend. I think Arizona and Hawaii are the only two states that don’t observe this practice. Because of the loss of an hour, my body clock, along with many others, is still off kilter. For me it takes about a week to adjust. Regaining the hour in the Fall when we go back to regular time has its challenges too. I won’t go into that right now, though.
With the difference in time, I find it more difficult to stick to my schedule. In fact, I didn’t wake up until 8:30 this morning! The extra time spent in bed made my body stiff and my head ache.
I’m still falling asleep at the same time, so I am getting more hours of sleep. That can be good or bad. The more rest is beneficial to easing RA aches and pain, besides studies show that on average we don’t get enough sleep. However, the extra time, most often spent in one position, increases the likelihood of me waking up with stiff joints and a head ache.
In my opinion, the practice of DST is no longer necessary. We do just fine with the amount of time its light in the evenings. It’s not like that many people work outside in the late afternoon any more.
What do you think? Should we do away with the manipulating of time twice a year?