Spring Forward

spring forward

Oh look, it’s 10:30am.

Which means it’s actually really only 9:30, doesn’t it? Or am I the only one who spends a week  or so after each Daylight Savings change mentally adjusting the time every time I look at my watch?

It’s worked out well this year having Easter at the end of March, hasn’t it?

Normally, the clocks change on a Sunday morning and that first day seems to zip past. Most families manage a lie in and then spend the day going ‘eek, is that the time?’  We usually go horse riding on a Sunday morning and every year someone turns up late thanks to daylight savings. The children are difficult to get to bed at night, no matter how much fresh air they get. We took ours out for a 3 hour long run around a local country park yesterday but the two older ones were still awake at 11pm last night.

Daylight Saving Time ( DST) was first implemented during the First World War in order to reduce the amount of electricity used for artificial lighting.

 Because modern society is organised around what the clock says , rather than what the sun is doing, work, school and transport schedules generally begin at the same time at all times of the year regardless of whether the sun gets up at 5am or 8 am.

In non-equatorial regions of the world, the total number of hours of sunlight in a day vary a great deal between winter and summer. As a result, if “standard time” is applied year round, a significant portion of the longer sunlight hours will fall in the early morning while there may still be a significant period of darkness in the evening.

Because most people sleep in the early morning hours, these hours of sunlight are wasted for them, whereas if they are shifted to the evening via Daylight Saving Time, they can then be used and enjoyed. As the days become shorter again in autumn/winter, sunrises get later and later, meaning that people could then be waking up and spending a significant portion of their mornings in the dark, so clocks go back to the “standard” time.  Therefore we say the clocks ‘fall back’ during Autumn.

Countries at either the North or South pole benefit very little from DST, as the extremely long/short days already mean that the light/dark balance is  already dramatically out of synch with traditional working hours. Likewise countries at the equator also receive little benefit from DST as their day length hardly varies from season to season.

It normally takes everyone in our family a couple of days to get used to the new time, so having Easter early this year has been a bonus. Usually the Monday back to school after DST kicks in is a nightmare. The kids are tired and fractious and everyone is on a go slow but this year, Cranky Monday is also Easter Monday.

So instead of  evicting the kids from their beds and arguing over uniform choices, we’ve all slept in until 9am ( actually 8 am ;) ) and enjoyed a lazy morning  of left over Easter eggs and shite TV.

And even better, we now have two weeks of sleep ins to allow us to adjust slowly to our loss of an hour of our lives. Now all we need is for the weather to catch up and then Spring can truly begin!

2 comments on “Spring Forward

  1. We thought we were doing OK adjusting yesterday but none of us woke up until about 9.20 this morning. Ok for me and kids tomorrow but hubby’s got to get up for work in the morning!

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