Daylight Savings Lag

I don’t know whether Daylight savings Lag actually exists or not, but I feel like I have a cold, minus the runny nose, befuddled, and generally out of sorts. Like Mondayitis x 1000. The day seems to be dragging its feet, I’m desperate to crawl back into bed while knowing that there are two children expecting to be fed, cuddled, and hassled to do their homework (or one of them is anyway and if he’s not he should be). Really I’m hoping that it’s Daylight Savings Lag and not just old age catching up with me. Maybe I shouldn’t try and jam so much into a day then stay up until 11pm watching Serenity (with ads although we could have just put on the DVD).

How is everyone else, who has to adjust, adjusting back to EST, or NZST as may be the case?

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  1. I don’t normally struggle, but sprog the younger had to be taken to catch the bus for a school high-country excursion at sparrowfart ack emma yesterday, so we didn’t get to enjoy any sort of sleep-in as the clock turned back.
    I had a nice siesta to purportedly make up for the early start in the arvo, but I don’t think it quite did the trick.

  2. All I know is that by 9.00 pm last night I was falling asleep in my book, and I was still asleep when everyone else left for work/uni this morning sometime before 7.30 am. Most unusual. Very glad that the youngest didn’t need transport to school as she’s still in the Solomon Islands with a school trip …
    Jet-lag is well recognised, and so are the problems with rotating patterns of shift-work, so it wouldn’t surprise me at all to find that there are some detrimental physiological effects from losing or gaining hours at the Daylight Savings time changes. Perhaps our neighbours in the northern states have it right after all : )

  3. Daylight savings transitions are indeed a well-documented minor health hazard.
    Wikipedia has all the stats you could want at and although I haven’t dug into the citations so I can’t promise you they’re all solid gold rigorous evidence.

  4. I always feel a bit knocked around by it. It feels odd to see it get dark so early and ‘odd’ in an ‘I feel a bit wonky’ way. And I start feeling a DESPERATE need for bed by around 7:30. Usually takes a couple of weeks to go away.

  5. Arizona doesn’t do daylight savings, but the Navajo Nation does. Went to Kayenta last weekend for work and had to leave at 430am to get there by 8am, cause they are an hour ahead. I was totally laggy.

  6. Loves daylight savings. I hates eating breakfast in the dark.

  7. Glad it’s not just me then.
    @ Coz – that must make it fun trying to juggle timezones.

  8. This is why I’m so glad WA voted down daylight saving time. So not needed here! 😛

  9. I hate daylight savings, it’s completely unnecessary. I feel weird for the entire 6 months we have it. I would probably complain less if it didn’t now take up half the year. If we have to have it at all it should really only be in the 3 summer months.

  10. Unemployed at the moment and in the habit of sleeping in, so I was rather delighted to find when I got up that I had an hour extra still left of the day on Sunday. Usually though Autumn is find but the Spring change back to Daylight Savings time annoys me.

  11. Not adjusting to the wee fella waking up with the sun, which has abruptly become 6am instead of 7. The pain, the pain.

  12. I’m with Hendo and Katherine. I never quite recover from the transition to DST, until the transition back. (But conversely, I adore the “extra hour in they day” feeling on the transition day from DST – especially when I am at a friend’s place for the weekend, as I was this time. Yay for an extra hour with my friend!)
    Having said that, I do feel for all those of you with early-rising beings who notice the light rather than the clock.
    @ TAK: but surely you are less likely to be eating breakfast in the dark if it is not DST, all else being equal??? (unless you eat breakfast at the evening end of the day?)

  13. Ah…see my ‘odd’ feelings go away after a few weeks and I really DO love the extra hour of daylight in summer – shorts and tshirts and light at 8:30!? Perfect for a stroll to buy gelato! I always mourn the end of DST cos it feels like a commitment to impending colder weather and shorter days, but at the same time I enjoy that it’s not so dark in the mornings (at least for a few weeks) and the extra hour’s sleep. But at the beggining of DST and the end I feel pretty drained energy-wise. To be honest when it ends and winter weather kicks in I try to make sure I don’t need to leave the house after I get home from work and I live in PJs and climb into bed ludicrously early each night! But I feel very bad for the parents of kids who of course wake up with the light rather than going ‘Well it’s REALLY only 6:00 a.m, therefore I should sleep more’. I’m 34 and I’ve been awake at around 5:50 am every day this week! But at least when I wake up I can put on coffee and sit quietly for a while.

  14. shorts and tshirts and light at 8:30!? Perfect for a stroll to buy gelato!

    Ahahaha. In Perth when we ‘trialled’ it for the gazillionth time, it was nude and sweaty and light and fans blasting and desperately trying to get an overheated kid DST-lagged to sleep sometime before ten so he could wake up in time for school or sport tomorrow.
    And not being able to go to the late outdoor events we DID want to go to (movies, fireworks) because they all started an hour later which was not feasible with our kid.
    I’m so glad it got overturned.

  15. @ Lauredhel – I think Daylight Savings is very much should be an Eastern Seaboard thing. We didn’t have it in NT when we lived there, for the very good reason that in high summer it was light until 9pm anyway. No need to muck up everyone’s schedules when the day is that long.

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