Personally, I hate setting the clocks back in winter. Since I basically wake up shortly after it gets light, I essentially lose an hour of sleep: going to bed an hour earlier really isn’t an option–it’s not like work shifts itself one hour earlier. And in Boston, the combination of being in the eastern part of the time zone, high latitude, and buidlings, means it gets dark around 4:30 pm and is pitch black by 5:30 pm. (Having said that, when I was in Gaithersburg, MD last week, it didn’t really seem to get sunny–on a clear day–until around 8:15 am).
Apparently, I’m not the only one who thinks going off DST sucks:
But this also robs afternoons of an hour of daylight, and some experts argue that in more northern regions, the energy needed to brighten this darkness, and the limits it puts on outdoor activities are harming our health and the environment.
Leaving clocks alone as winter approaches would allow an extra hour of daylight in the afternoon and could boost levels of vitamin D as well as encourage people to exercise more….
I hate it.
Discuss, preferably with lots of cursing and bombast.