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DST: How To GAIN An Hour’s Sleep March 13, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Mindfulness.

I love the return of Daylight Savings Time, so much so that I never wait until midnight to turn our clocks ahead.  Instead, early in the evening, I reset my watch to new time . . . DST!

Last night, instead of losing an hour’s sleep (as many do during the transition) . . . I gained three:

(1) I went to bed at 11 p.m. EST . . . because my watch read “midnight.”

(2) I got up at 11 a.m. DST . . . when the sun outside my window could no longer be ignored.

Since I normally get about 8 hours of sleep, I gained 3 hours . . . and I did it all in one night! 

Just like the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. 

In November, I announced the departure of DST with forlorn finality:

Turning back the clocks
Daylight Savings Time now ends
Twilight comes too soon

Today, I greets its return with warm embrace:

DST returns
Extending twilight hours 
Internal clock smiles

If the hands of time, forward marching at steady gait,  could so easily be manipulated, what disasters could we avert? 

What would we give to fall back in time to avoid ensuing tsunamis?  Or to spring forward for a brief glimpse of what’s coming around the bend? 

Instead, there is only one time for us . . . Now. 

That must, of needs, be enough.

No Rules.  Just write!

How about you?  Do you delight in having more light at night?  Or do you miss the sunlight in the morning?

If you could press the “rewind” or “fast forward” button on your life, would you?  If so, how far back into the past or forward into the future would you go? 

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1. James - March 13, 2011

You know, funnily enough, when I was younger I preferred the darker evenings. There was always something of a night owl about me. But as I’ve gotten older, I feel the benefits of extra daylight. I’m still a night owl; but one who likes a little more sun now and then.

Our own DST doesn’t come into effect for another two weeks.

Good Haikus, too.

nrhatch - March 13, 2011

Thanks, James.

As a teen, I enjoyed being “out and about” after dark . . . less obvious to adults what we were doing. 😎

I’m definitely a night owl, but I love the light to be around for a few hours after dinner ~ for a walk or bike ride before settling in for the evening.

If I was an early bird, I would like DST less . . . I detest getting up in the dark. I want the sun to make its appearance before I must climb out from under the covers.

2. Barbara Gunn - March 13, 2011

Don’t care what time it is I’m just grateful to be me living a human life!!

nrhatch - March 13, 2011

Wonderful attitude, BG.

When you’re happy where and who you are, you’ve more than 1/2 the “battle” won.

3. viewfromtheside - March 13, 2011

my mind is sayiong NOOOO< dusk is coming earlier and earlier. I'm fortunate not to live so far from the equator that the differences are dreadful, but for me the longer dark is not fun.

nrhatch - March 13, 2011

That’s right . . . you’re losing the daylight as our days grow longer.

Blogging with people from around the world reminds us not to be so ego-centric . . . thinking the world and its sun revolves solely around “us.”

Thanks, Sidey.

4. Paula Tohline Calhoun - March 13, 2011

Yeah, yeah, yeah – bully for you! But for insomniacs like me – DST is the worst kind of torture! And I have found over the years, that changing my attitude about it has not helped my sleep patterns one iota!

Gee, do I sound bitter? 😀

Oh well, to soothe myself, I’m going over to my blog and posting a poem I wrote about time changing back in 2009!

Glad you got your extra sleep. . .really!. . .I’m glad for you. . .hmmmm. . .:-D

Paula Tohline Calhoun - March 13, 2011

Forgot to add this little tidbit!

Monday is National Napping Day. It is an unofficial holiday that was started in 1999 by William Anthony, who is a professor at Boston University. Dr. Anthony, an expert in sleep disorders, proposed that National Napping Day always come on the first Monday of daylight savings time, so that we could get back the hour we lost on the previous day. Dr. Anthony says that we really should take a nap everyday and that the nap should last from 90 minutes to two hours. However, even a 20-minute “power nap” will enable us to be more alert and productive.

nrhatch - March 13, 2011

I’m not sure I follow your reasoning. Weren’t you complaining about insomnia last week . . . before the advent of DST? 😎

Thanks for the tidbits on naps. Naps are terrific for those who can take one. I can’t.

But I’m not bitter. 😯

Paula Tohline Calhoun - March 13, 2011

Hey – didn’t I warn you about snide remarks today? No matter how innocently stated. . .

As far as the insomnia goes, when you still have to get out of bed in the morning whether you have been asleep or not, when it comes an hour earlier, it makes things even worse, and going to bed a so-called hour early doesn’t make things any earier. But again – I’m not bitter. . .

Maybe I am!

Napping doesn’t work for me, either. Sometimes if I lie down and read or something, it serves as a sort-of nap, but believe me – if I could I would sleep any time of the day or night! Hopefully this extended period of insomnia is drawing to a close. I can hope that aayway, so I will! 😀

nrhatch - March 13, 2011

I wonder why Einstein’s Theory of Relativity didn’t encompass this? 😀

He was a napper, by the way.

Paula Tohline Calhoun - March 13, 2011

I edited my post – let me know if you can read it! 😀

nrhatch - March 13, 2011

Like a charm!

Fun poem. Thanks, PTC!

5. CMSmith - March 13, 2011

I like both. I like dark winter nights and long summer days. I like change.

nrhatch - March 13, 2011

That’s the spirit. The what is, is. Shaking our fist at the sky will never stop the rain . . . so we might as well enjoy it.

6. Maggie - March 13, 2011

I’d rather have more light at night – I hate driving (or even walking) in the dark.

nrhatch - March 13, 2011

I’m with you, Maggie.

Although I would hate to live in Alaska, the home of the midnight sun. I need my rest, after all.

7. Julie - March 13, 2011

I am not a morning person. I love darkness in the morning and light at night. Now we can get back to our post-dinner family strolls! Bring on the light!!!

nrhatch - March 13, 2011

That’s me! I’d rather sleep in and have daylight last long into the evening.

Thanks, Julie.

8. kateshrewsday - March 13, 2011

The last week makes me feel sure we must seize every day, Nancy. We still have a little while until our clocks spring forward. I’m trying to relish the changes which are beginning to dawn: waking in the light; a warmer feel to the air; the dawn chorus early. Lovely.

nrhatch - March 13, 2011

We must, indeed, seize the day. And count our blessings whenever we are not washed away in a tsunami.

Glad that the changes in the morning are becoming more evident.

9. oldancestor - March 13, 2011

Love the extra hour at night. The only thing I miss about mornings is being able to sleep though them when I was a kid in the summer.

50% of my desire to be a financially successful writer is so I can sleep until 10 every day.

Speaking of writers, Chuck Palhuniak says if you travel west at a constant 433 MPH in the afternoon, the sun never goes down.

nrhatch - March 13, 2011

When does Chuck sleep? 😎

I’m glad that the sun eventually retires for the evening, but I’m delighted to have it do so later in the evening, rather than mid-afternoon.

Thanks, OA.

10. jeanne - March 13, 2011

This will be our first summer living in the country and since there will be a garden to tend and acreage to mow I think we will appreciate the longer days…

nrhatch - March 13, 2011

Longer days are so conducive to caring for the nature that surrounds our homes. Here’s to mowing the lawn and weeding the garden after a delightful repast at night.

Thanks, Jeanne.

11. viviankirkfield - March 13, 2011

Thanks for an insightful look at DST. 🙂
And a great hint for next year…more sleep = 🙂
Eleanor Roosevelt said something about this also:
Yesterday is history…tomorrow is mystery…today is a gift…that’s why they call it “the present”.

nrhatch - March 13, 2011

So true. When we live in the moment, the ups and downs and ebbs and flows of life are all part of the mysterious tapestry.

Thanks, Vivian.

12. SuziCate - March 13, 2011

I was wiped out after an 18 mile bike ride, went to bed at 8:00 pm and got up at 9:30 am and set the clock up to 10:30 am…don’t know when I’ve ever gotten that much sleep, but boy did I need it. I seem to be able to get so much more done when the days are longer. When it gets dark early I feel like surrendering and calling it a night.

nrhatch - March 13, 2011

Wow! An 18 mile bike ride. That’s impressive. The farthest I’ve ridden in recent years is 11 miles.

Glad that you got such a good night sleep after your exertions! 😀

13. Carol Ann Hoel - March 13, 2011

I like daylight. I’m a day person. I like your method of gaining back the lost hour. Cool. I didn’t sleep well last night. I haven’t a clue why, but I’ll make up for it tonight and grab back whatever I lost. As for fast forwarding or rewinding, I think I’ll keep the here-and-now. It’s pleasant. Blessings to you, Nancy.

nrhatch - March 13, 2011

Wonderful perspective, Carol Ann.

I wouldn’t want to fall back since I’m right where I want to be. But I wonder whether a spring forward for a quick peak wouldn’t be tempting, if the possibility existed. Hmm . . .

Sweet dreams tonight. Hope you catch up on your sleep.

14. Pseu - March 13, 2011

When I read the blog I thought maybe I’d been living ‘an hour out’ all day…. but no:

“Daylight Saving Time starts on Sunday, 27 March and ends on Sunday, 30 October.” (UK rules)

nrhatch - March 13, 2011

By popular “vote,” ours has been extended from mid-March to mid-November.

Sometime I shall have to write about the time we did not remember to shift the clocks . . . and had “red cheeks” as a result. 😳

15. Cindy - March 13, 2011

Best not to dwell too much on turning back the clock, methinks.
We don’t do DST here, but – as the season changes – I sure am missing the early dawns.

nrhatch - March 14, 2011

Yes, with or without man’s manipulation of the clock hands, the day’s length ebbs and flows from Equinox to Equinox.

Your day growing shorter as our lengthens and vice versa. It’s a bit like borrowing Peter to pay Paul.

16. eof737 - March 14, 2011

You crack me up… I went to bed early too but missed that extra hour as I had to get up earlier and head to a meeting 30 minutes away… I love the longer daytime hours. Happy DST!

nrhatch - March 14, 2011

Yes! Sorry about the early morning meeting though.

I had planned to attend a church service (a rare occurence) because our neighbor, Nancy Donaruma (a cellist with the NY Philharmonic Orchestra for 30 years) was playing the prelude and special music at the 9 and 11 a.m. service ~ Chopin and Bach.

I woke up just as the 11 a.m. service began. Ah, well, it’s the thought that counts, eh?

17. Piglet in Portugal - March 14, 2011

“If so, how far back into the past or forward into the future would you go?”

I would rewind and go back to my time at school. I would stand up to my victorian father and demand my right to go to university. It was not the “done” thing in the 70s, so much as now. Women were expected to get a job, any job…get married, have children. Housewife!

On the otherhand, if I rewound the clock I would not have met Mr Piglet, and therefore would not have the 3 wonderful children I have now…

As for the future I’d rather not know as I’d spend today worrying about it! LOL 🙂


nrhatch - March 14, 2011

Maybe you could take some classes now? Is there a University near by?

Some will allow people to audit classes at low or no cost ~ sitting in to hear the lectures without being required to write papers or sit for exams. And the topics are far ranging.

I think that the future would tempt me out of the present . . . especially if I could flit back and forth with ease. 😀

Piglet in Portugal - March 14, 2011

Unfortunately, living in Portugal, this is not an option 😦 I’ve been considering a creative writing course, but it’s just deciding which one. If any one has any ideas please send me an email.

nrhatch - March 14, 2011

I’ve never taking a writing course. I prefer to pick up what I need from books.

One I enjoyed:
If You Want To Write ~ Brenda Ueland

clarbojahn - March 14, 2011

Hi Pip!
I only ‘know’ you from these comments but saw an interesting web page yesterday and bought the ebook he advertised. http://WWW.easywaytowrite.com/
by Rob Parnell. The book is good but a little over priced at $10.If nothing else there’s a lot of good info on the web page.
Enjoy, Clar

18. Tilly Bud - March 14, 2011

I think DST is a waste of (ahem) time in the modern age, with people working all round the clock.

nrhatch - March 14, 2011

Oh, I don’t think that it’s “necessary” for workers . . . I just like having more light in the evening.

Since I’m NEVER up at the crack of dawn, I don’t care when that crack appears. 😎

19. tsuchigari - March 14, 2011

I’m surprised that no one has mentioned the kid factor. DST is the only time mine will sleep in a bit instead of waking us anywhere between 6:30 and 7:30. Which is nice, except then my son freaks out if dad leaves for work before he wakes up. The dark side of this is that I now lose that hour to get my oldest ready for preschool, my youngest won’t nap when I need her to, and they aren’t tired until an hour later in the evenings.

It’ll take about two weeks to readjust.

Not cool.

nrhatch - March 14, 2011

Never even considered the kiddie factor, although we did consider the kitty factor.

We hoped that Tigger would stay on the “old time” for a bit and wake up at 8 a.m. DST (7 a.m. EST).

No such luck. He adjusted his clock faster than us and showed up promptly at 7 a.m. DST (6 a.m. EST). 😀

20. clarbojahn - March 14, 2011

We started getting ready to spring ahead on Saturday with going to bed an hour earlier. I like waking up at dawn to see the sun rise but I’ll have to adjust a couple of weeks before that happens now.

nrhatch - March 14, 2011

You might like the current post on Think Simple Now about rising with the sun.

My preference is to start my day a few hours later than dawn . . . it’s been years since I voluntarily watched the sun rise. 🙂

21. Booksphotographsandartwork - March 14, 2011

I’m so very happy to spring forward!!!!!! I adore it.

nrhatch - March 15, 2011

Me too! I feel Tiggerific! {{boing}} {{boing}}

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