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webmaster | 03/11/13

Despite pleas from those with common sense, Daylight Saving Time began Sunday, and will last until Nov. 3. I don’t know about you, but I already can feel the effects.

I lost a lot of sleep Saturday night and Sunday morning. Part of it was due to having to go to bed earlier, and part of it was due to waking up in the night worrying about whether I had overslept.

A lot of people missed church Sunday morning because they overslept. I walked into the adult Sunday School class, and only the adult teacher was there. Two others showed up, too, but that was it.

Meanwhile, I’ve been reading what I’ve known for years, which is that a lot of people never really get used to waking up earlier because their body’s reaction to sunlight gets thrown off.

And, according to the National Institutes of Health, this isn’t good for you:

“Circadian rhythms can influence sleep-wake cycles, hormone release, body temperature and other important bodily functions. They have been linked to various sleep disorders, such as insomnia. Abnormal circadian rhythms have also been associated with obesity, diabetes, depression, bipolar disorder and seasonal affective disorder.”

Did you see any positives in that statement? I didn’t.

Daylight Saving Time in the spring, summer and fall is primarily a promotional gimmick for the manufacturers of barbecues, lawn chairs and other yard equipment. Which is all right.

But if it is so good, why not change the clocks permanently to Daylight Saving Time?

Arizona says “no thanks” to Daylight Saving Time, and gets along just fine. In fact, people who move to Arizona from other states wonder why their states are so stupid in their belief that setting the clocks forward somehow saves daylight.

There was also a presumption that somehow Daylight Saving Time saved energy. It hasn’t except in a few places, and in those places, the savings are minuscule.

Time to end this charade, this mass hallucination.


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