If you’re sick and tired of losing an hour of sleep every spring, it’s time to join a new movement: Americans For Workday DST.
Americans For Workday DST have a simple platform: Turn the clocks forward during the standard workday on Monday afternoon rather than on a weekend night.
You read it here first, folks. Why aren’t we springing ahead at 2 p.m. Monday afternoon instead of 2 a.m. Sunday morning?
Exactly. No good reason.
Daylight Saving Time is an arbitrary practice that occurs in most industrialized countries — but not all — at roughly the same time — but not exactly. No good reason exists to demand we make this change in the middle of a weekend night. Changing clocks is a pain in the neck no matter time of day it is — why not do it when most of us are wide awake?
Losing an hour of sleep wreaks havoc in Americans’ internal clocks every spring, causing more heart attacks, car accidents and workplace injuries in the two days after the time change.
Meanwhile, Americans work 77 hours a year more than the Japanese and 310 hours a year more than Europeans. Why not lop one hour off that total?
We could return to Standard Daylight Time in the middle of an autumn night — I have no problem getting an extra hour of sleep.
Instead of the little motto “fall back, spring ahead” (which, by the way, doesn’t work in Australia anyway), we could jog our memories by repeating “fall back in bed, spring out of work early.”
Join the movement: Americans for Workday DST. The hour you save might just be your own.