Daylight saving is upon us once more, at least in Europe. Except in Russia, where they do (once again) whatever they want.
When the saving system started in the 80’s, it was supposed to be a test. A two-year test. Hmm. 30 years later it’s still going strong. Looks like people have very different perception as to what a year means..
For some people the spring change is more difficult: one hour has been “stolen” and getting out of bed in the morning is simply impossible.
Newspaper opinion pages are filled with mothers who say their children can’t sleep/sleep too much and working people saying their internal clock is out of sync and their work is suffering.
These discussions happen every year. Like clockwork.
For some the autumn is worse: you wake up feeling like someone threw a bucket of sand in your eyes and there seems no plausible reason to get out of bed/sofa. Eating a truckload of chocolate seems a quite normal way to spend an evening.
The reasons for the daylight saving seem reasonable: business benefits And sure, energy is saved. How much it actually benefits economically, is not so sure.
Since if every country stopped using the daylight saving time simultaneously, nothing would change: there would still be the same time difference between the countries there is during daylight saving.
Is the daylight saving debacle again an emperor without clothes?
If so, I’m more than happy to point out the lack of clothing by yelling: “THE DAYLIGHT SAVING ISN’T ACTUALLY SAVING ANYTHING!”
Instead everyone is tired, irritated, exhausted or confused twice a year. And for what?
The web, blogs, newspapers, magazines, discussion forums, tv – all filled with hints how to tackle to spring/autumn tiredness/weariness/frustration: Exercise, go outside, try to catch what little sun there is, eat healthily, blaa blaa blaa.
That’s what we’re supposed to do anyway. And many do.
The best way to combat the negative effects of the change is to stop having it.
Fortunately on the EU level there seems to be some discussion about the matter (can’t find any link for the moment, read it probably in some newspaper). But then again, they say that every year, to appease us and get us to shut up.
Come next spring, we’ll be turning the clocks again.. Those bastards!