The DST Struggle is Real

17 Mar

I am a morning person. So why am I struggling so much with getting up in Daylight Savings Time?

I go to bed and fall asleep just fine, despite the time change. But getting up has been a struggle. And that is unusual for me. Since Monday, I’ve tried to hit the snooze button, but, because it is a button I never really use, I fail to give myself ten more minutes on the clock.

My first year in Colombia, the country experienced a drought. A number of policies were put into place to manage water resources. Since most of the electricity came from hydroelectric dams, electricity was rationed. For several months, we had only 12 hours of electricity a day. Each week we alternated between 6 am to 6 pm and 6 pm to 6 am. Additionally it was decided to implement Daylight Savings time for the first time ever. Colombia lies just above the equator, so daylight hours only vary about 30 minutes from one solstice to another.

Some people accepted the decision, some resisted, and some were confused. Many would ask “Old time or new time?” when you made an agreement about a time to meet. I think I finally understand this thinking. As I struggled to get up this morning, I thought My body thinks it’s 4:30 not 5:30. My body is living in old time, but my brain is living in new time.

9 Responses to “The DST Struggle is Real”

  1. mrssurridge March 17, 2021 at 6:56 am #

    Love this! I think my body is feeling just like yours. My sister lives in Arizona where the clock never changes. We always have to ask her which time she is on. It’s more like “Are you on our time? Or your own time?”

  2. Joanne Toft March 17, 2021 at 6:58 am #

    Great way to see this – old time and new time. I am also struggling this year and that is strange for me. I can’t seem to get up in the morning. I am hoping my body makes the switch by the end of the week. Good luck to coming into the new time.

  3. energylibrarina March 17, 2021 at 8:03 am #

    Love it, Adrienne. Not unlike, BP, AP, P .. Before Pandemic, etc. and, yes we do all live under the same sun. Hugs and rest. Cathie

    Sent from my iPad
    Cathie Padgett

  4. jumpofffindwings March 17, 2021 at 9:35 am #

    The effects were delayed for me. Sunday was fine; Monday was brutal—Tuesday a bit better, today, better than yesterday. Good luck with the rest of the week. Love the designating as old and new, and the being stuck between the two.

  5. arjeha March 17, 2021 at 9:55 am #

    When I was working it always took me a good week for my body to adjust to the time change.

  6. Stacey Shubitz March 17, 2021 at 11:53 am #

    You’ve captured how many of us feel with your writing about the time change, Adrienne.
    For me, it’s odd getting up in the morning and not having the same amount of light I had grown accustomed to. I know that will change in the next few weeks, but right now it’s odd. Eerie almost.

  7. hzreflections March 17, 2021 at 3:19 pm #

    Thank you for sharing a bit of history along with your story. That was very interesting. I agree – on top of the already crazy year- this day light savings time has been a struggle.

  8. Diane Anderson (newtreemom) March 17, 2021 at 4:20 pm #

    The struggle indeed is real. During the years I grew up in Indiana we didn’t change to Daylight Savings Time. Now we do, and it takes me a long time to adjust no matter which way we are changing. This morning I had to get to school an hour early for a meeting (another ridiculous thing- getting to a different location to attend a VIRTUAL meeting)… and leaving an hour early meant driving to school in the dark. This has been a very long day!

  9. Lisa Corbett March 17, 2021 at 4:31 pm #

    I forgot about the time change. Maybe that explains the week we’ve been having in my classroom! I had them do a bunch of running today so hopefully they sleep well.

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