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Daylight Saving Time – Are you for or against observing?

27 Mar Posted by in Culture | Comments
Daylight Saving Time – Are you for or against observing?
 
On Monday, a friend on Facebook posted that she had only just realized Daylight Saving Time had occurred over the weekend. Surrrrre, great excuse to be late to work.

I will say that following German media isn’t always the easiest; I don’t regularly watch the news nor understand everything that is being said, so yes, I believe she really hadn’t noticed.

I only knew about DST because I had overheard the neighbors talking and I happened to actually understand the conversation in German (yeah, me). However, I still had to confirm with Kay that I understood correctly.

My main problem has been trying to get the baby to adjust to the time difference. I know it is only one hour, but anyone else having this same problem?

I thought everything would be okay since for the last week Fynn has been waking up an hour earlier anyway. I just assumed he was observing DST by US standards rather than by European.

Maybe Fynn’s sleeping pattern has yet again changed. Who knows. Last night he went to bed at 8 p.m. and then woke up at 7:20 a.m. Normally, he gets 13.5 hours of sleep at night (6:30 p.m. to 8 a.m.).

Yes, I am complaining that he only slept for 11 hours and 20 minutes instead of 13.5 hours. You can call me a jerkface any time.

In addition to Fynn’s bionic hearing, apparently he has a sensitivity to time change. I’ll blame the two trips to the US that we took while he was so young (at 4-months-old and 8-months-old).



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In honor (or rather annoyance) of DST, I thought I would list some fun facts between US and European DST. Ok, maybe not fun, but facts nonetheless.

1.)    The theory behind DST is that it conserves energy/saves electricity.

2.)    A popular saying in the US in order to remember in which direction to move the clocks is, “Spring forward and Fall back.”

3.)    Germans refer to DST as Sommerzeit, Summertime. (Some people refer to Standard Time as Winterzeit, Wintertime.) Sounds pretty easy to follow. No biased wording that includes “saving time” or anything.

4.)    Hawaii and parts of Arizona do not observe DST, along with the US territories, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The entire state of Indiana only started observing DST in 2006.

5.)    In 2007 the US began observing the Energy Policy Act (signed by George Bush in 2005), which changed DST making it 4 weeks longer. Congress now has the ability to change the timeframe back to the previous schedule since official studies have been done as to whether or not energy was actually saved (yes, they concluded that about 1% energy was saved per day during DST). Cue the Conspiracy Theorists? Ready…and…go…

6.)    The US and all of Europe do not observe DST for the same amount of time throughout the year. (US DST is from the second Sunday in March until the first Sunday in November. European DST is from the last Sunday in March until the last Sunday in October.)

7.)    In 1996, The European Union standardized DST making the timeframe uniform throughout Europe for countries belonging to the EU.

8.)    In 1966, the US signed its Uniform Time Act, however, state legislatures could vote to be exempt.

9.)    We can blame Germany for DST. They were the first country to officially observe DST. During WWI they observed DST and then their ally countries followed suit.

10.)    Countries along the equator do not typically observe DST since the change in daylight is actually minimal. (I know this doesn’t really include the US or Europe, but I thought it was interesting anyway.)

11.) While scientists claim that the extra hour of light helps visibility while driving thus leading to less accidents, there are also claims that more heart attacks occur during the first week after DST. (Are we really saving lives here?)

12.) Since its inception, DST has caused a raucous; those in favor and those opposed were often divided by industry. Winston Churchill was a supporter, but Darwin opposed (George Darwin, that is… the son of Charles Darwin). It was the politicians and business men vs. the scientists and agricultural organizations.

What do you think about DST? Is DST really worth losing the hour? And if you have children/babies, do they have a hard time adjusting?

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