Sarah Daniels

I need sleep. – by Sarah

 

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Thank god for the end of Daylight Savings Time.

There – I said it. Dammit, I want and need that extra hour of sleep when it’s time to “fall back” – and frankly I don’t think we should be “springing forward” when it comes around again in March.

Seriously, I don’t know about the rest of you, but I treasure my sleep time. I’ve generally got a lot of things on the go, and when I can manage to string together 7 or 8 hours of sleep IN A ROW, I am beyond thrilled. And I don’t even have a spouse and kids to contend with. With everything that people have to cram into their days, and then literally trying to turn your mind off at night, the last thing we should be worrying about is gaining or losing an hour of time.

Besides, why do we need it anymore anyhow? Wasn’t the whole point of it to aid farmers and the harvest? I’m pretty sure that the vast majority of us no longer grow our own food, and if you do, I doubt that daylight savings is making a huge difference to you. (If it is, buy a few flood lights and leave the rest of us alone.) But it turns out that this is a myth, and in fact farmers in the US lobbied AGAINST Daylight Savings, and still to this day dislike it – as it affects livestock that don’t adapt well to schedule changes.

I don’t need it to be light till almost 10pm at night. In fact, when I used to have to get up early (3:45am) I hated the fact that the sun was still up when I was trying to get some sleep. Not to mention that every neighbourhood kid was outside yelling and playing till it got dark.

Yes, I know I sound like an old crabby lady, but frankly I AM an old crabby lady.

The change in the clocks contributes to car accidents, and that’s a documented fact. Let’s face it – you “spring forward” and lose an hour sleep, – suddenly it’s darker in the morning, and already tired drivers are even more vulnerable. And you’d think “falling back” and that extra hour of sleep would help? Nope. Suddenly the evenings are darker for the commute home. Other issues associated with the change in the clocks are increased risk of heart attack, confusion when travelling (What time IS it here?) and higher energy consumption.

It’s not like Daylight Savings Time is some sort of “mandate” from the federal government. Or NATO. Saskatchewan,(most of it) in their infinite wisdom, gave up on the who concept years ago. Most of Africa and Asia ignores the whole concept. Even a big chunk of Australia has given up. So why are we doing it? Can we put a stop to it? Is there a bill that can be passed? Someone we can write to?

We are back on Standard Time as of yesterday. Let’s keep it that way!

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  • Reply Ian Strachan November 7, 2016 at 9:35 am

    I agree with same time all year but I want Daylight Savings Time all year. I could care less how dark it is in the morning but keep the light as long as we can at the end of the day.

  • Reply Gord Dieno November 7, 2016 at 9:38 am

    I think the Provincial government is still responsible for whatever time zones we use. The problem is, they have a very long memory of what happened to the Barrett government when they tried to tinker with it. I remember the storm of criticism.

    “The Daylight Savings fiasco, during which Mr. Barrett announced that Daylight Savings would kick in Jan. 6 to save energy costs, postponed it for a month, then finally killed the plan completely, snowed under by a blizzard of criticism and ridicule.”

    I don’t think you’ll see anyone initiate a change in an election year and a NDP government likely wouldn’t touch it at all. There are a few petitions going around but they really haven’t caught fire yet.

  • Reply Wendy Beckett November 7, 2016 at 11:16 am

    I agree Sarah…….let’s stop the madness. I don’t know anyone who likes it.

  • Reply Elizabeth Waelti November 8, 2016 at 1:49 am

    I agree with you Sarah, lets do away with daylight savings time – nobody needs it. I wonder if getting rid of daylight savings time could become a BC election issue all parties could get behind.

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