Sunday, November 7, 2010
Daylight Saving Time
It's here. Did you turn the clocks back? Got an extra hour of sleep?
Daylight Saving Time was instituted in the United States during World War I in order to save energy for war production by taking advantage of the later hours of daylight between April and October. During World War II the federal government again required the states to observe the time change. Between the wars and after World War II, states and communities chose whether or not to observe Daylight Saving Time. In 1966, Congress passed the Uniform Time Act, which standardized the length of Daylight Saving Time.
Daylight Saving Time is four weeks longer since 2007 due to the passage of the Energy Policy Act in 2005. The Act extended Daylight Saving Time by four weeks from the second Sunday of March to the first Sunday of November, with the hope that it would save 10,000 barrels of oil each day through reduced use of power by businesses during daylight hours.
Of course, that means, here in the East (EST) it will be dark at 5 pm. As winter progresses, closer to 4 pm. Many of us will rise in the morning-in the dark and work all day, and return home in the evening-in the dark.
It just sucks your will to live.
(I would never last in Alaska. One, with the 23 hours of sunlight, I'm sure I would go sun happy and kill myself doing things 23 hours of the day. I wouldn't even make it to the winter hours.)
However, this year I'm prepared for it. I've already thought about it (hence the blog post) and am mentally preparing for doing most workouts in the dark.
It is what it is. Good training for the dark hours!