I’ve been reading “The Time Machine” by H.G. Wells today in honor of daylight savings. We get to go back an hour in time by bringing our clocks back one hour in unison today. This gives all of us an extra hour of sleep, a pleasant bit of news indeed.
The only problem with falling back in time is the problem that kids have adjusting with the change. While it takes most adults to adjust easily, kids might find a hard time adjusting, and might not be able to get to sleep so easily.
But now the days are going to be shorter, it’s going to start getting dark around 5:30 p.m., dinner time will feel earlier, and we don’t get enough daylight.
Daylight, by the way, is the biggest source of Vitamin D for people. I just recently found out from my doctor that my Vitamin D count is low, and now that most of us are stuck in offices all day between daylight hours, it’s pretty important to pay attention to get out into the sunlight at least twenty minutes a day. You can do it by sitting near a window to get some sun if it is too cold for you to go outside.
The seven-month period of daylight saving time is required by governments for a very interesting reason, to save energy. The switch was implemented during World Wars I and II to save energy and resources for the war effort. Even more interestingly, Russia is apparently abandoning the whole damn thing all together this year because the Russian President thinks it’s too depressing to have so little sunlight in a day.
Can’t blame ’em.