How springing forward affect you?

This was the Good Question last night and I thought it might be a fun thing to discuss. Do you like changing the clocks or would you rather they just stay the same?

I just wish they’d pick one. The one that gives us a little more light at night and leave it there. I LOVE when it’s light for a few hours after supper. It gives Paul and I so much more energy. The evenings get so long in the winter after a while. We felt so invigorated last night that we went swimming and still got home when it was light. It felt so good to the both of us.

Does changing the clocks seem to bother you? Do you adapt right away? They say in the story it can take some people a few weeks to adapt. It doesn’t affect me like that. I seem to always be the same. I adjust easily. It also says it can cause workplace accidents and health problems. I guess I’ve never really thought about it like that because on one hand you can never get back lost sleep so why would changing the clocks ahead and losing an hour be any different from staying up that much later on the weekend? It seems like the same thing to me. Everyone talks about losing that one hour but don’t you lose an hour on most of the weekends anyway? I know Paul and I really splurge sometimes and throw caution to the wind and stay up till midnight!

Anywho…….What would you prefer?

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14 Responses to How springing forward affect you?

  1. mssc54 says:

    Our (nearly) eight year old son got up Monday morning. Complaining about how tired he was, begging me to let him sleep just a little bit later. Finally he exclaimed, “WHY DOES THE GOVERNMENT DO THIS?!” Lol

  2. SKL says:

    I don’t like losing an hour of sleep, but I too love the fact that it isn’t dark by the time I pick my kids up. Today we were able to go to the park and ride bikes and play and still got home before dark. It really does make a difference.

    I have such a weird schedule, it’s hard to say if the time change affects me. But it definitely affects my kids. They were almost late to school on Monday. But things are getting better.

  3. Jenny says:

    It takes me a few days to get used to it. I’m not as tired as usual around 10, which is bed time! I’ve been having trouble sleeping the last couple nights. I do love how light it is later in the evening, but Hunter now says it’s not bedtime yet! It’s still light out!! I wish they would just stick with something and leave it alone! 🙂

    • mssc54 says:

      We put zeal light (lined) curtains in our son’s room last year for this very reason. Works great!

    • Joy says:

      That’s my deal too. Just pick one or the other and leave it there. This affects so many people in a bad way so I don’t know why we do it. My dad doesn’t in AZ and it’s o much easier. I’m not nearly as affected as other people but you hear complaining for each clock change.

  4. Laura says:

    I hate it. I never mind “fall back” – that never bothered me, and I’d be fine if one year, we “fell back” and never sprang forward again. I don’t understand why we still do this. All the farming equipment is lighted, and that’s why we did it in the first place – for the farmers. Now it’s just a pain in the backside.

    It’s not like we will NEVER have that light in the evening!! Wait a week or two and there it is.

    But now, with the hour change, I find it very hard to get up in the morning, and so does Josh. My internal clock takes a long time to adjust. And honestly, I prefer the light in the morning. It’s SO much easier to get up early when it’s light out.

    (of course, here I sit, talking about how hard it is to wake in the mornings, and I’m on the internet at 11:10 pm, watching Iditarod coverage!! But Dallas Seavey won! Youngest musher EVER!! 25 years old. Yay!)

  5. Nikki says:

    It doesn’t affect me, but I could go without it! My sleep doesn’t seem to be affected at all. But lately, I’m just exhausted so no matter what the clock says, my body says GO TO BED! I do like having more time in the evening with the sun up. I hate when it’s 5pm and dark already. Especially for kids! Bailey gets home at 3, does 30 minutes of studying (or homework if he has it) right away, and can go “hang out” until supper. Now, he can go back out after supper.

    Honestly, I don’t get it. Arizona doesn’t do it!

  6. Joseph says:

    This isn’t so bad for me. I just wish we stayed on DST. More light in teh evening. Come June it’s 5:00am and bright out. By 4:30 all the birds are singing so loudly already. Without DST, it would be 3:30am and they’d be making a racket!!

  7. Joy says:

    What’s funny is the last few mornings I’m wide awake at 7 AM and just lay there until Paul leaves and then I get up. It seems it’s affected me in the opposite way!!!! That’s an hour earlier than I like to get up.

  8. Karen Joy says:

    I LOVE DST!Yes its a little to get used to but it only takes me a day or two,no big deal.I absolutely love the lighter evenings.Sort of brings me out of that winter depression/hibernation.Im a person who needs light.I also see how I get more done too.Makes me want to get up and do something after supper instead of flopping on the couch.

  9. SKL says:

    One thing I forgot to mention last night is that the morning sun beating in through my window (where I work) is a pain in the butt! I know it won’t be like this forever, but it’s a pain right now. Doesn’t help that I feel really crappy today (cold or something, with a headache) and I have so much to do that I can’t just wait for the sun to get into a better position.

    I always seem to be working all night on the “fall back” day but not the “spring ahead” day. So it ends up giving me an extra hour of work. Gee, thanks!

  10. SKL says:

    Speaking of all these arbitrary time adjustments – why don’t they do leap day in January or March, so we’d really have an extra day? February is already a short month, so even with leap day, you get less time to accomplish your monthly work. But if leap day were, say, March 32, we’d be able to take it a little easy. Who makes these rules, anyway?

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