Sunday, March 9, 2014

Daylight Savings Sucks

My black lab is all mixed-up. He doesn't know what time it is. He thinks dinner should be an hour later. He has to be coaxed to the dog dish to chow down. He doesn't understand why he has to wake-up an hour earlier in the morning. He looks up, looks around, and then puts his head down and closes his eyes. His go-out to pee schedule is all fouled up too. He doesn't know when to go. His total body cycles are all screwed-up.

The time change has messed-up his circadian rhythms. Can't blame him! It's politicians who have created Daylight Savings Time (DST). It was first proposed in 1865 but was not implemented until April 30, 1916. It is supposed to add sunlight to evening activities like outdoor sports, but it plays havoc with the entertainment industry and things like farming. The stated purpose of Daylight Savings Time is supposedly to save energy. That was the original reason stated in 1916 when fuels were rationed during World War I.

Now in "modern times" Daylight Savings Time disrupts all sorts of things related to tracking time like medical devices, record keeping and of course SLEEPING!

There have been many studies on DST and the end result is that DST does NOT save energy. It actually balances-out. So why do we allow politicians to continue forcing us to make this precipitous change?

It will take my dog about a week to readjust to his new schedule. He never understands why we force him to do it. And, he HATES it when we switch back in the fall.

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