An hour can make a difference

By: 
Chuck Kajer, The New Prague Times

This weekend, most of the United States will try to remember the old adage, “Spring forward, fall back.” as Daylight Saving Time comes to an end.

Twice each year, our internal clocks get rewired as we have to adjust to a slightly new sleep schedule. It’s going to get dark earlier in the evening and the sun will be coming up earlier in the morning as well.

This means people with digital clocks that have to be manually set will have to try to remember how to set their clocks. Many people have difficulty in resetting the clocks on their car dashboard, and as a result they will be confused as to what time it actually is for several weeks, until either they find their owners manual, remember how to reset the clock, or go to the dealership and ask them to do it for them.

Of course, modern technology being what it is, newer appliances, cell phones, TV cable boxes and many other devices will automatically adjust their time, eliminating that confusion.

And while it has become easier to change electronic clocks, it remains difficult for some to reset their internal clocks. People will get tired earlier in the evening (time-wise) and have trouble sleeping on their usual schedule. It takes some people several weeks to fully adjust their bodies when Daylight Saving Times begins and ends. This can be especially troublesome in the evening when people are driving or operating machinery, as fatigue sets in and people get drowsy or careless. In addition, the change in sleeping habits can put added stress on the body.

Bottom line - be careful on the road. It’s going to be darker earlier, and you will need to take care when driving. Make sure to get enough sleep and listen to your body… if you need to nap or take a break, go ahead.

And start looking for your car’s owner’s manual now.

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