It’s been a rough week all around. I thought I would be okay with this new-fangled early Daylight Saving Time change, but I’m not. I’m not even talking about all the problems getting all the computers, machines and gadgets on the right time. I can deal with that. It’s the actual, physical, living the change at this time of year that I have a problem with. The first day was okay, but since then the mere one hour change has disrupted my sleep habits completely, so I am walking around very tired. I see the same thing in everyone around me.
I don’t know what all the other provinces have done (I am too tired to look it up) but in Ontario it was decided to go along with the change in the U.S. Of course we didn’t have much of a choice. I read somewhere that the idea this would save energy was based on 20 year old data, and that it would have little effect today. See also this article from ABC Science Online. I mean, we don’t really get any more daylight, do we? It is just shifted around in time, right? It’s not like we’ve managed to make the sun stay up for a longer period, is it? Sheesh.
So, in a northern climate such as ours it has meant one less hour of sleep (and subsequently many other lost hours of sleep) at a time of year when we are all fighting colds and the nasty stomach bug that is going around. How smart is that? I’m also noticing that any situations that previously were slightly tense between people are now just blowing up. For me the whole week has been hellish as I have put out fires in every aspect of my life. I even notice all the other posts on Slaw this week have been a little, shall we say, terse. No one is really feeling in a happy, out-going, chatty mood.
So, was the new Daylight Saving Time a good idea? Um, I think it was a BIG mistake.