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I Hate You, Daylight Savings

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Go f*ck yourself, Daylight Savings.

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Daylight Savings, in case you weren’t aware…I hate you.

Lots of people I talk to hate you also. Lots of moms and dads…moms and dads who had their kids on a nice little schedule up until this Sunday!

As it stayed darker later in the morning during the week just before Daylight Savings, my own kids had finally started sleeping in until an acceptable time– 7:00 or 7:30ish.

But that week of glorious free time I had in the mornings to drink my tea uninterrupted and do some writing was short-lived. 

Because then came Daylight Savings Time. I foolishly thought, Hooray, we’re going to gain an hour today!

Instead, the clock read 5:15 when my kids woke up. Both of them. 5:15 A.M.




And then it happened again on Monday. And on Tuesday.

Why did you have to go messing with my hard work? Why must all of our internal clocks be messed with?

Daylight Savings was started with the intention of conserving energy. The thinking was, if you had an extra hour of daylight in the day, that would be less light bulbs you turned on.

Fine– maybe back in the olden days that worked. But now? I bet that extra hour of daylight only increases energy use, considering all the electronics we use!

Are there any people who actually like Daylight Savings? If it’s so unpopular, can’t we stop observing it as a nation? (Arizona and Hawaii don’t do it!)

Maybe if we had voted on that yesterday, more people would have come out to the polls!

Until that day happens, though, at least WebMD has some helpful tips for coping with Daylight Savings.

  • NO caffeine. (Because getting up at 5:15 WITHOUT a caffeinated substance is going to happen.)
  • NO alcohol before bed. (But how do you de-stress after being up extra early with your children each day?)
  • Get some exercise. (Always my top priority when I’m super-exhausted and cranky. NOT.)
  • Eat lightly at night. (Helloooo! It’s right after Halloween. Bedtime = candy stash raiding time.)
  • Avoid intense TV shows at night. (Well there goes my favorites like The Walking Dead and Real Housewives!)

So…now what?

Well, we power through the days, run our kids ragged outside, and hope to make them tired enough to sleep past dawn.

Good luck, everyone. Can’t wait to do this again in March!

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