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Time to Fall Back . . . into Bed

The past couple of weeks, Oklahoma has actually had fall weather, temperatures in the 60s and lower 70s, not the mid-to-upper 80s (or low 90s) we’ve had since the beginning of September, which has been nice.

It’s that time of year when the weather turns colder, and we’re supposed to screw up our internal clocks again, and this year has the added bonus that Daylight Savings Time ends the day after Halloween, so everyone who stays up late slogging back spirits and sweets in celebration of the holiday gets to sleep in an hour later Sunday morning. That sleeping in later bit reminds me of a friend who passed away a few years ago who always said he liked going off Daylight Savings Time, that fall back part. In fact, he liked it so much he thought the clocks should be set back in the fall, then again in the spring, and so on year after year. Eventually such a time adjustment would give back a year to everyone’s life. If it were only that easy.

Sounds great. But I’d prefer the United States just decide Daylight Savings Time (DST) stays on or off all the time and stick with it.

I used to think No to Daylight Savings Time, but last year my son started junior high, which begins an hour-and-a-half earlier than the elementary school does. During DST at this time of the year, the sun is just rising. After the time change, he’ll be going to school when the sun is up and already starting to warm the day . . . but tennis lessons will be starting right after sunset. My daughter’s tennis lessons, which begin half-an-hour earlier, will have sunlight for only half the session. They’ll be playing tennis in the dark. To which they both reply, “Dad, the courts do have artificial light, you know.”

So I’ve started empathizing more with the keep DST all year long crowd. Sure, humans have several hundred years of evolutionary attachment to Standard Time, but having that extra hour of daylight at the end of the day is a nice benefit of DST.

Have a Happy (and safe) Halloween and savor that extra hour of sleep tomorrow morning.


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