I don’t have anything against Saturdays. In fact, I generally like Saturdays a great deal. In some respects, they’re my only true day off.
But there’s one Saturday I dread every year. That particular Saturday, in 2013, just happens to be March 9th, the day this post was written (in case you’re reading it later). What do I have against this particular day?
It’s simple: it’s the day on which we have to give up an extra hour of sleep by adjusting our clocks ahead one hour. Technically, the change should come at 1:59am tonight (which would of course be Sunday), because the clocks go from 1:59am to 3:00am. The 2:00am hour doesn’t exist, which makes up for the extra 2:00am hour we had months earlier when we rolled the clocks back one hour and gained an hour of sleep.
But if you stay up until 1:59am just to skip ahead, then you’re losing much more than a single hour of sleep, unless you plan on staying in bed until noon.
I know all the arguments behind Daylight Saving Time. (Note that it’s Saving, not Savings.)
But if we’re all so damned smart, we ought to be able to figure out a way to make this seasonal adjustment without costing ourselves that hour of sleep. It’s the 21st century, after all. We seem to think we have all the answers these days…surely there’s some easy one for this.