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DST can't end soon enough

November 5, 2010 - Deb Gau
I've been having some trouble with my alarm clock lately. It seems like no matter what I do — turn the volume up, set the alarm for a slightly different time every day, put the clock on the floor so I have to sit up to reach it — I still have this stubborn tendency to hit the "off" button without even waking up. The other day, as I was getting ready to move the clock across the room, I think it finally hit me.

The real problem isn't the alarm. It's the darkness outside.

In spring and summer, I can usually set the clock to wake me at six in the morning, and see sunshine coming through the blinds. There is no question that it's a new day and time to get up. But when it gets to be seven or eight o'clock and not even dawn yet, there's just something in the gut that says, "Get outta here. I'm going back to sleep." I am terribly bad at fighting my own circadian rhythms.

I remember a time when things weren't so bad, when we'd end Daylight Saving Time in the middle of October or so, and I'd at least have a little bit of light greeting me in the mornings. But now, with the crusade to save energy on . . . Well, I guess I'm just stuck putting my alarm clock on the desk instead of the nightstand, and eagerly looking forward to 2 a.m. this Sunday.

Aww, yeah. Fall Back, everybody.


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