The Worst Night of the Year

It’s time to turn the clocks one hour forward and sleep suffers. And it’s early too. Scientific American explains the reason for the change.

Scientific American: Is It Daylight Saving Time Already?
You bet. But if it seems earlier than usual, that’s because it is. Why—and could its early arrival cause techno glitches on the order of Y2K?

In college a group of like-minded friends and I formed the Nu Alpha Pi fraternity in support of the many wonders and beneficial effects of sleep. This night when we Spring Forward was a night of wailing and gnashing of teeth for NAΠ. By contrast, when we Fall Back and gain an extra hour of sleep we celebrated our fraternity formal and wore a tie to bed.

Anyhow, there’s some history behind this nonsense and The World Almanac has all the facts about Daylight Saving Time. Personally, if I were in charge I would do away with DST for once and for all. A better solution is to just change hours. A regular work day would be 8 am – 4 pm. Baseball games would start 6:30 pm. Prime time tv starts at 7 pm. Bars that have last call at 2 am would now call closing time at 1 am. People stay up too late anyhow. My solution would mean that daylight would be “saved” and no one would ever have to change their clocks and most importantly, no one would mess with my sleep.

Update on Monday: (in which I’m feeling tired and grumpy due to The Lost Hour).

A Tufts University professor Michael Downing also thinks DST is nonsense and wrote about it in Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time. According to Downing, DST doesn’t save power just encourages people to drive to the mall in the evening and waste even more fuel. Oh, and folks are driving with a higher risk of auto accidents this week due to that lost hour of sleep.