National Time Warp Day

by Bob Poole on November 8, 2010

There needs to be a term for the day after our time changes back or forwards an hour. It deserves its own name. It’s actually regulated in the US by something called the Uniform Time Act of 1966. And, none other than the Department of Transportation has responsibility for all time laws. But, nobody has seen fit to give the Sunday on which it occurs a special name.

I think we should call it National Time Warp Day because for me time really does seem warped for a few days after the change. I used to handle it better but now I have all these clocks in my home that automatically adjust to the correct time and I find myself shaking my head and thinking, “No it can’t be that (early or late).

And, weird things seem to happen to me in the 48 hours following the changing of the clocks. For example, last night I work up in the middle of the night and seemingly wide awake I said “HTML.” Now why would I suddenly decide to call out the acronym for Hyper Text Markup Language? It isn’t like I spend much time thinking about it. Years ago I woke up sometime on Sunday night/Monday morning, got into the shower, dressed and was ready to work only to realize when I got into my car that it was 4am.

A lot of people have opinions on the use of Daylight Savings Time. There is even an excellent book published in 2005 called Seize the Daylight: The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Saving Time by Dr. David Prerau.

In fact, right now as I write this it is 3pm here in the east but I can sense the darkness arriving early and it just doesn’t feel right to me. This morning my two dogs were very confused that the alarm was going off and it was already light outside. They’ve been sleeping a lot today.

How about you? Does your energy level change with the Time Warp? Do you think you’re less productive in the first few weeks when it gets dark outside so early in the evening? Maybe it’s only me. Well, in a few days my body and mind will adjust and time will seem normal to me again.

Until March.

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