Acceptance and Awareness, Dignity & Respect, Healthy Lifestyle, Holistic Health, Independence, Sleep

The Changing of the Clock

As a child, I never struggled with Daylight Savings time, because I either prepared for it by my family, or I just never noticed it. Nonetheless, in recent years, it has been harder and harder to overcome the change, yet I look forward to the time change in the spring, as it brings forward a sense of the mood eventually getting better.

For years growing up the Daylight Savings time began on the First Weekend in April and ended the last weekend in April. This occured during my youth, and it occuring on the weekend, hardly had any issue that I can easily recall, other than being up late.

By the Energy Policy Act of 2005, daylight saving time (DST) was extended in the United States beginning in 2007. As from that year, DST begins on the second Sunday of March and ends on the first Sunday of November. In years when April 1 falls on Monday through Wednesday, these changes result in a DST period that is five weeks longer; in all other years the DST period is instead four weeks longer.

This has been a struggle, as has been many in the autism community. Growing up, I have had the pleasure of visiting the Amish community in the adjoining county, and they elect not to observe daylight savings time, this confused me, but being mostly in our own car, and this was a house-by-house basis, it didnt seem as hard. One trip I made with my dad and his friend to a horse sale during Hurricane Ivan in 2004 did confuse me as it was in the State of Indiana, and at that time not all counties did not observe daylight savings time, and the county we were in did not because of the Amish population. I did not sleep well, and it was a misreable trip as a result. The following year the Indiana legisalture absolved this practice, and now the States of Hawaii and some parts of Arizona are the remaining two that follow this practice.

I have heard of legislation of Pennsylvania and other adjoining states such as Ohio and others attempting to abolish this practice. I would be happy if this were to occur. I personally feel that I suffer greatly from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) due to the simple fact that I struggle emotionally during the standard months of missing daylight and the time changes. In the past few weeks I have been elated to be heading out to work in the daylight to not only have the clocks changed and yet again starting my day in darkness.

As I do look forward to the time changes as our local library has a book sale and a soup/chili walk. I do struggle after the change as I lack sleep in the fall and get too much in the spring. In the course of the past 24 hours, I have slept 13 of them, and now I do not feel like sleeping but I will do give it a college try. The thought processes running through my head make it difficult, but with medication, I am able to catch some sleep but oftentimes not enough.

All in all, I appreciate that extra hour in the fall, but the SAD symptoms do kill me so because I cant get out as much as I like during the week. By the time I get home from work I often in the colder months have less than a few hours to do something out of doors, or go somewhere on my own. The weather in winter, while better isnt all that warm although the weather is looking to be better with the appearance of birds this week.

I do like the spring change because of the things restarting, the ability to go walking, longer days, the tourist season of the mountains, and so forth. I just don’t like missing out by continious sleeping for hours on end to catch up.

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