If you’re like me, these past few mornings have been terrible. If you’re like me, you feel like you spend all morning yawning and drinking coffee by the pot*. If you’re like me, you’re feeling so fatigued when your alarm goes off that you’re hitting the snooze button so much you feel like you’re back in high school.
Well don’t worry, you haven’t regressed to your pubescent sleeping habits**, it’s just Daylight Saving Time.
Now, if you’re really like me, you’re now asking yourself, “Why did we start this Daylight Saving Time thing?” and “Can we just, you know, stop it?”***
You may have heard a variety of reasons as to why we use Daylight Saving Time, most notably being that in agrarian society the extra evening hour of daylight is useful. This also makes sense for any retail, sports, or other activity that could use an extra hour of daylight after the working hours, but for some people (i.e. most of us); it just means we can’t see much of anything on our way to work.
You see there’s a lot of criticism about Daylight Saving Time that makes a lot of sense as well, especially how it complicates pretty much anything that keeps track of the time, though personally I am currently frustrated that I decided to write it out every time instead of shortening it to DST. Mostly, however, my problem with DST goes like this:
For most of us getting through winter is hard, especially this one, which droned on longer than an elderly relative’s anecdote. And so we emerge from the despair that is February****, and start to see the sun rise during our morning commute, and then BAM! Daylight Saving Time, like a sadness-slap in the face, disrupting our sleeping patterns and just generally leaving us disoriented and unhappy.
And the thing is if you want to live someone that doesn’t use DST, you’re kind of SOL. Unless you want to live in South America, Africa, or Asia, your options are fairly limited. In the USA, the only exceptions to DST are Arizona (unless you’re in the Navajo Nation), Hawaii, and our territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the United States Virgin Islands).
So we must soldier on, grumpy and in darkness.
*= To be fair I do this last one almost every day.
**= Probably. Hopefully.
***= If you’re so much like me that it’s scary, you forgot your phone updated automatically, and so you asked some other questions first, like “Why am I so freaking tired?” and “Why is it so dark outside?”
****= See one of my previous articles.