Ah, yes, it’s that time of the year to adjust our clocks again! Unfortunately, it’s not just the external alarm clock on your nightstand that you may have to adjust. I find this time change kind of depressing. By 6pm it will be pitch black (where did THAT phrase come from anyway?) So by dinner time, we will be in the dark till morning.
Daylight Savings Returns It’s Time to “Fall Back.”
Now for morning people like me, maybe this WILL be a good thing! I find myself getting up at 6am, and it is dark, so with light coming in the bedroom window, maybe the early morning rise will be easier? But I still don’t like this dark at 6pm thing.
What IS Daylight Savings and Where Did It Come From?
That was a question I asked myself just as I wrote this post. Where did the idea for Daylight Savings Come from anyway? Here is a brief portion of an explanation I found at Wikipedia:
“From 1945 to 1966, there was no federal law regarding daylight saving time, so states and localities were free to choose whether to observe it, and could choose when it began and ended. By 1962, the transportation industry found the lack of nationwide consistency in time observance confusing enough to push for federal regulation. This drive resulted in the Uniform Time Act of 1966 (P.L. 89-387). Beginning in 1967, the act mandated standard time within the established time zones and provided for advanced time: clocks would be advanced one hour beginning at 2:00 a.m. on the last Sunday in April and turned back one hour at 2:00 a.m. on the last Sunday in October.”
You can read the remainder of the story and information here.
I always had a hard time remembering which I had to do, turn the clock back, or move it forward. I finally remembered the “Spring Forward” and “Fall Back” routine.
So, Saturday night, November 3, 2012, Fall Back, and get yourself an extra hour of sleep. Then spend the next 5-7 days referring to “well it’s really only (insert time)” Oh yes, you know you do it too!