10 Reasons Daylight Savings Time Is a Big Bummer

Daylight Savings TimeIt's Daylight Savings Time again, which means Sunday morning at 2 a.m., you will turn your clocks back one hour. You will have an extra hour to "fall back" into bed. There is no doubt that the fall version of Daylight Savings is SO much more preferable to the spring one where you lose an hour of your weekend, but even still, there is no good time to change the clocks and lose your sense of equilibrium.

Any way you cut it, Daylight Savings is a big old bummer.

Even with the extra hour, we are now entering the darkness. There is a period where people who leave for work early and come home late quite literally never see the light of day. It's depressing and only means we're heading into the dreadful time of year.

Here are 10 reasons Daylight Savings sucks:

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  1. Your kids get up early: Expect visitors Sunday morning at 6 a.m. (or earlier). It's the worst part of Daylight Savings, hands down.
  2. You have an extra hour to entertain your kids: The weekend is that much longer, and by Sunday night, you will be praying it was bedtime. And it won't be. Not for another hour at least.
  3. It's dark at 5:30: Awful. AWFUL.
  4. You never see the light anymore: If you're an early riser and head into work before 7 and get out at 5:30 like my husband, there is no light at the end of the tunnel. There are days where he stays in his windowless office and never even sees the sun. This makes him SAD.
  5. Exercise is disrupted: I am a runner and sometimes squeezing a run in has to happen either first thing in the morning or last thing at night. During the summer months, I can usually make sure this happens while it's light. In the winter, there is no way. Dark + ice = falls. Believe me, I know this better than anyone.
  6. New York Marathon runners: Whoever thought of having the Marathon on Daylights Savings hates runners (see above). How can the Marathon be on the SAME day we fall back? That is just way too disruptive to the thousands of runners.
  7. Being late or early: No matter how many clocks I remember to set back, I usually forget a couple, and for about two weeks, I go by that time and it confuses me. Now I'll be early everywhere, but in the spring, I'll be late. Awesome.
  8. Heading into winter: There is just no denying it now. We are headed into the time when it's darkest and coldest, and those of us with any seasonal depression whatsoever are about to get hit by a Mack truck.
  9. Those first few days are exhausting: Of course our bodies will adjust, but the week after Daylight Savings is just really tiring for all concerned. I always feel like I am in a fog for at least a week, sometimes longer.
  10. The hour you gain is lost again: The one upside to the day is the extra hour of the weekend, but even that isn't so exciting because you only have to give it back again. What fun is that?

Do you hate Daylight Savings, too? Why?


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