So Long Daylight Saving Time

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So Long Daylight Saving Time
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By Edhat Staff

We're back to that time of year again. The holidays are looming, the air is getting a little cooler, pumpkin spice is flavored with every meal and beverage, and now we're ready to wake up to sunlight and drive home in the dark. 

At 2:00 a.m. Sunday, the clocks "fell back" one hour to standard time, meaning we all get an extra hour of sleep. Unless you're a farmer who works on the sun-up and sun-down schedule, then it's all the same for you.

In Santa Barbara, the sun will rise at 6:24 a.m. and set at 5:01 p.m. on Monday for about 10.5 hours of sunlight. Here are some fast facts about this time of year

1. It's Daylight Saving Time, not Daylight Savings Time

A common linguistic misstep that happens to all of us, but drop that "s" from Saving and you've got it right.

2. What's the point of "saving" daylight hours?

It started during World War I in the U.S. as an attempt to conserve energy. The theory was that shifting the number of daylight hours into the evening, the fewer time lights would need to be on, thus "saving" electricity. 

3. Does it really work to save electricity?

Not really. Most analysts and studies are mixed, but they all tend to agree that a definite yes or no is unfounded. It may reduce light/electricity usage, but gas and heating use could increase, which pretty much cancels one another out.

4. Is Daylight Saving Time dangerous?

Some would say yes. Our internal/biological clocks are not fans of getting messed with, so people with pretty solid sleep schedules are disrupted and have a hard time adjusting. This could lead to drowsiness and potential mental dullness. Some studies suggest that traffic accidents increase after we spring forward, when losing one hour of sleep.

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a-1572875736 Nov 04, 2019 05:55 AM
So Long Daylight Saving Time

I have pets and oddly enough they seem to like me being in bed that extra hour, more cuddle time with them.

a-1572882585 Nov 04, 2019 07:49 AM
So Long Daylight Saving Time

Our cat was in bed meowing for breakfast at the same time for it regardless of the rollback. I think I need to get him a kitty size Apple watch.

rwelsh Nov 04, 2019 08:33 AM
So Long Daylight Saving Time

Animals and children, both closer to the rhythms of nature, are the ones that have the most problems adjusting with DST. Just ask any parent or school teacher. I personally don't buy the silly "kids going to school in the dark" argument because they will be in the dark at one end of the day or the other and have done for centuries. Here's the update on the progress of Prop. 7 to change DST changes:

Longing2bhome Nov 04, 2019 08:53 AM
So Long Daylight Saving Time

My cats have never been okay with Daylight saving time. Their meows are insistent. Well, off to go give them breakfast. Late again as I enjoy reading Edhat.

Flicka Nov 04, 2019 09:06 AM
So Long Daylight Saving Time

In the 1970s during the energy crunch the time was adjusted and, yes, kids were going to school in the dark. Riding bikes and walking was dangerous. Since schools usually get out at 3pm there is no issue with going home in the dark.

PitMix Nov 04, 2019 09:12 AM
So Long Daylight Saving Time

I have read that number of heart attacks goes up a small but statistically significant amount right after we "spring forward."

Channelfog Nov 04, 2019 10:55 AM
So Long Daylight Saving Time

In #1 you speak of linguistic error and promptly, in #2, commit worse. It is LESS time not fewer. One could say fewer hours of lighting. Folks seem to have a hard time with fewer and less, and with language in general.

a-1573271730 Nov 08, 2019 07:55 PM
So Long Daylight Saving Time

NO ONE any longer follows the difference between the two! There have been numerous examples of it here in the past couple of months that I have not seen anyone address. Yes, I know addressing it is against the rules, here, and in society. ;-)
My mother taught it to me in the same way she taught can vs may. And simpler things like ... well, you know. (their etc.; your etc.) Yep, English major /copy editor here. lol.

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