"Opinion" Why I hate daylight savings

Jennifer Bonn

Jen Bonn

I’m usually a positive person, but daylight savings is something that I dread. I know some people say it is great in the fall because we fall back and get an extra hour of sleep, but that hour catches back up to you pretty quickly, and before you know it you are exhausted again. There have been studies that show that more people have accidents during this time because of brain fog. It stands to reason that we are probably much less productive at work.

During the first week of daylight savings, I fight the clock. The clock will say it is two, but I will say, “Oh, but it’s really one, or is it three?” By the time I figure out what time it used to be, but is not now, I’m too annoyed to care. 

If I’m having difficulty with my internal clock, what about children who have a certain sleep routine? I know if I had a baby I would not want anything to mess up the sleep routine because a new parent definitely does not need more brain fog.

It makes the day seem so short. During the summer and early fall, I love the after-dinner walks, but after daylight savings, it’s pitch black by seven.

I am going to try to have a better attitude about the time change this fall, as soon as I’m not exhausted because my internal clock has been knocked out of whack, or I’m suffering from light deprivation, or anyone can figure out a reason why we change the clocks in the first place. I swear I will…maybe.

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I am passionate about running, parenting, education, and self-help information. I enjoy writing articles that will offer readers the information needed to help them in some way. I recently retired from teaching French and Spanish for forty years. I run every day and have done all kinds of races from 5ks to ultra-marathons. I have three children and three grandchildren. I write for several magazines in my area, I am a contributor and in charge of the Pinterest board for a parenting magazine called Screamin Mamas, and I have a second book about to be released through Loving, Healing Press called 101 Tips to Ease Your Burdens.

Kennesaw, GA

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