Spring Forward, 2010

My favorite overnight shift of the year! (To be fair, I worked the fall back, and it’s my least favorite…).

From a post a few years ago:

From a prior post of mine on the subject:

“Yes, tonight you either a) lose one hours’ sleep, or, b) get to church in time to shake hands as everyone else leaves. (Sorry if that leaves your religon out, but the joke works better that way).”

There’s a lot to DST, and here’s link to more info.

Also, here’s a “how’d that get past them?” moment, from infoplease:

No More Sunlight in Arizona and Hawaii

Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Nation) and Hawaii and the territories of Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa are the only places in the U.S. that do not observe DST but instead stay on “standard time” all year long. And if you’ve spent any time in the sweltering summer sun in those regions you can understand why residents don’t need another hour of sunlight.

(emphasis mine)

Now, you can fiddle with a clock all you want, but messing with a timepiece isn’t going to change the number of hours of sunlight any area gets a day. It will shift the times around, but that’s about the limit.

And, yes, the same weird quote is in there still.


Comments

  1. Did you know there is an increase in cardiac admissions when for the week following spring forward, and a decrease on the week we fall back. It’s amazing what one our of sleep will do to your body.

    http://thehappyhospitalist.blogspot.com/2008/11/daylight-savings-just-may-kill-you.html

    I find this plain fascinating.

  2. I live in Arizona and LOVE that we don’t observe daylight savings time. If we did, it would be 110 in daylight at 9 PM. As it stands, it’s only 100 at 9 PM – but at least it’s dark. We’ve not yet had an overnight low of 100 but we have had the mid-90s – at 2 AM. So even though the quote is not accurate, where the daylight is spread out makes all the difference. Even though the sun is coming up at 4:45 AM – it’s still easier to wake up. (I moved here from Fort Worth – so I know from hot, humid summers). Love your blog!

  3. Note that Arizona and Hawaii have mortality rates in the top 4 (http://www.statehealthfacts.org/comparemaptable.jsp?typ=3&ind=58&cat=2&sub=17&sortc=1&o=a).

    Maybe The Health Commission (THC, formerly The Joint) needs to ban DST in hospitals?

  4. Jim in Texas says:

    I am experiencing a rougher transition this year than in previous years, It must be my age but it still sucks. Repeal the damn law!