Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Newest Excuse

Wormhole fest post here.

It's not difficult to find methods of procrastination or make excuses for indulging in them. My best one this week is that my children are on spring break and I'm in full mom-mode cooking and giving them some special care. But each morning when I wake up, surprised at how late I slept, I'm reminded of a more scientific rational for not getting more of my A to Z posts ready this week.

Statistics show that the recent time change to Daylight Savings Time is really slowing me down. Some of the things we can blame on the recent loss of an hour's sleep?

How about higher blood pressure and more chance of heart attack until we adjust? More care accidents occur. More wasting time on the web when we should be working. Overeating. More headaches. Just about every study points out lower productivity at work. Even the stock market supposedly reacts with a bit of a nap.

I can vouch for lower productivity on this home front but I'm not sure I can blame it on that lost hour.

As a sports family, we've always loved this time change for giving us that hour of daylight in the evening so we could 'play ball.' And after this vicious winter, the extra sunlight will be appreciated.

Just as there are many negative things connected to this time, some studies also show that once you adjust to the change, you'll be happier as the hours of natural light extend into evening. That's my next excuse. How can I write when it's so sunny and warm out?

Did the time change bother you at all? All adjusted by now? Did you notice any of the above mentioned issues? What's your biggest rational to procrastinate recently? Have a good one I can use?

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19 comments:

  1. Fall Back is great, but Spring forward is rough. I get up around five every morning for work. Do you know how dark it is now at that time?

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  2. The clocks change in the UK at the end of March, and I never look forward to it - mostly because it always seems to fall on a weekend when I'm working the Sunday shift. And this year is no exception :-( Sleep is very underrated!

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  3. I had no idea so much bad stuff was associated with Daylight Savings - but I'm not that surprised. I usually have a really hard time adjusting, too. This year, we found a way around that by traveling to see family - we were so exhausted by the end of the trip that we slept and slept and adjusted very quickly! Not sure I'd recommend that tactic, though... ;)

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  4. The time change always seems to knock me for a loop, and it takes me some time to get back on track. Unfortunately, not quite there yet but hopefully soon! :)

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  5. I always have a difficult time with Spring Forward. I can't say that I am adjusted yet. I know that I will appreciate more daylight... eventually. I am just not there yet.

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  6. I have passed 5 car accidents this week on the way to work. THis morning I overslept by one hour and still feel like my tale is dragging behind me.

    Hugs and chocolate!
    Shelly

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  7. I haven't been sleeping but it's been for the last two weeksish. So I can't blame it on the time change. That, and the time change doesn't alter my day, as I don't have to be anywhere and rarely care what the clocks reads - unless I'm on a timed writing session.

    That being said, I could do without the whole spring ahead, fall back bullcrap.

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  8. Ug! The kids can't get up in the morning. They don't go to bed at night. I'm staying up WAY too late because my internal clock hasn't adapted. This is just cruel and unusual. Down with Daylight Saving! ;)

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  9. Hate daylight saving, fall back is great, but ugg to daylight saving, as yeah I sleep in a bit too late too. Should just one spring or fall, move the clocks up or back 30 minutes and then never move them again

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  10. Daylight Savings is the worst day of the year for me. I dread it.

    I don't think you want my excuse for not writing much this week. I'm applying for a new job. And considering you just retired from yours...

    Enjoy your kiddos this week! :)

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  11. I'm always tired the first week after the change. After that, I love it! My latest procrastination technique...well to be truthful, I'm trying to be better about reading blogs and commenting. :)

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  12. I have a horrible time adjusting to this time change (the fall one is easy for me) but I LOVE the extra daylight and know I'm happier in the summer. I wish they whould keep it this way.

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  13. I admit, the morning comes earlier. Fortunately, I'm an early morning person. I like it because I can stay up a bit later!

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  14. It's not the lost hour that gets me, it's that I was so happy waking up in the morning and having it be light out and know it's dark again. Boo Hiss.

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  15. I'm definitely feeling the lost hour as this week has gone on. I hope to be adjusted after the weekend when I can sleep a bit longer in the mornings. I like to procrastinate by telling myself I have to clean something that really needs cleaning around the house.

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  16. I wish they would stop the time change. And who decides when they're going to do? It's hard either way for me these days. I just want more sunlight, I suppose. No one to blame for the lack of it.

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  17. Ugh I loathe the DST!! It has messed me up so much this year. I complain about it every year, but this year it's especially bad. Maybe cuz I'm older now. I really wish they'd do away with it. :(

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