By L.Leander, Author of Fearless Fiction
It’s here again. Time change. On Sunday morning we turn our clocks back one hour. I, for one, am not looking forward to it, and actually am trying to do things to prevent suffering the side effects that to me (a person with Bipolar Disorder) are hard to deal with.
For about a week now I’ve been dreading the day this event happens. I’ve had flu-like symptoms, headaches, anxiety, and sleeplessness, to name a few problems. As I try to hold myself together all I can think about is how it’ll take precious time out of my life to adjust to the one-hour difference and when I am fully accustomed to the new time it’ll happen all over again. It may sound silly to attribute my problems to a mental health disorder, but there is much proof that it is so.
Benjamin Franklin conceived Daylight Savings Time when he was an American delegate in Paris in 1784. His essay “An Economical Project” outlined his reasoning. It was later, in 1907, that London builder William Willett (in his pamphlet “Waste of Daylight”) caused him to propose advancing clocks in April and returning to Standard Time in September.
Over the years there has been much discussion and many trials of time change. While some do prefer Daylight Savings Time in the summer months because of more hours of light in the evening, the change to Standard Time in the fall causes darkness to come early and others don’t like it much.
There are pros and cons to this practice. In an article I read recently, it has been proven that robberies are down during Standard Time because most people are already home and settled in their homes and seldom go back out. This is different than the summer months, when robberies are more prevalent because folks are out longer enjoying the nightlife due to sunny weather later in the day.
The US changed its date to return to Standard Time to the first Sunday in November in 2006, with the purpose of keeping trick or treaters safe at Halloween. Apparently this didn’t go as planned, as the kids wait until dark to leave, anyway.
There has been a lot of confusion as some states end up with (5) different time zones and while there are many who lobby for an across-the-board time zone, they are in the minority.
We just returned from our summer home at the lake, where we spent beautiful days and gorgeous sunset-lit nights. We had lots of hours of light to enjoy our activities. We moved back home last week and as if that isn’t enough to get my mind in a tizzy, now I’ll have to deal with an hour change. We already have snow forecast and we are in the dark by 6:pm. I’m all for changing the time so children at bus stops don’t have to wait in the dark in the morning. I wonder if I could write a pamphlet and suggest we turn the clocks to “Linda” time? I don’t think so!
I do a lot of journaling in the winter months and I’d like to share this layout I did last winter. I think it’s appropriate.
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