Daylight Savings

My family moved to Indiana in the late summer of 1977, as my father was transferred here. Then he was transferred to North Carolina in 1982, and my whole family went with him, without me, as I was married at that time.

Indiana, at that time, did not observe daylight savings except for a couple of cities nearest Chicago and maybe south near Evansville. So half the year we were eastern and the other half, central. I loved it.

But then that changed for economic reasons (insert my rolling eyes) in 2006. Thank you Mitch Daniels. Not.

I’m not a fan.

I choose health over money. There are numerous studies which prove several ill health factors are directly related to time change. These time changes disrupt the natural circadian rhythm – given to us by our Creator.

Wikipedia: Circadian cycle, is a natural, internal process that regulates the sleep–wake cycle and repeats roughly every 24 hours.

Sleep Foundation: Different systems of the body follow circadian rhythms that are synchronized with a master clock in the brain.

Andi’s Two Cents:
Where do you think the master clock in the brain originated from?

Sleep Foundation: Research is also revealing that circadian rhythms play an integral role in diverse aspects of physical and mental health.

National Institute of General Medical Sciences: Circadian rhythms are physical, mental, and behavioral changes that follow a 24-hour cycle.

Scientific American:
1. Standard time most closely approximates natural light, with the sun directly overhead at or near noon.

2. Morning light is essential for helping to set the body’s natural rhythms.

3. The biggest advantage of daylight savings time is that it provides an extra hour of light in the late afternoon or evening, depending on time of year, for sports, shopping, or eating outside. However, exposure to light later into the evening for almost eight months during daylight savings time comes at a price. This extended evening light delays the brain’s release of melatonin. The hormone that promotes drowsiness. Which in turn interferes with sleep and causes us to sleep less overall.

Andi’s Two Cents: I find those in congress who support daylight savings over standard time highly hypocritical after the last three years of “FOLLOW THE SCIENCE”.

Let me rinse and repeat that one.

I find those in congress who support daylight savings over standard time highly hypocritical after the last three years of “FOLLOW THE SCIENCE”.

Today was rough. I overslept by an hour and then had difficulty getting my head in the game to begin a new day, let alone a new work week. Nothing…NOTHING…was going smooth.

When I got to work, the first thing I needed to do was walk to the post office which is a mere two doors down on the other side of the fire station. Starting off…I tripped over the curb where I parked my car (almost fell to the ground). The road crew flagman saw me.

Then I dropped my keys in the fire department driveway. In front of the road crew.

Then I dropped my keys in front of the post office. In front of the road crew.

Came out of the post office and dropped my keys…again…and in front of the whole road crew.

I just wanted to stand there in the middle of the sidewalk and SCREAM:


TMI: If I was younger (and had a man), I would have run to the nearest store to buy a pregnancy test. Whenever I had the dropsies like this, I knew I was pregnant. And…I always was.

This was my rant for the day. I’m going to take a nap now.



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