Get Ready To Lose An Hour’s Sleep; We ‘Spring Forward’ This Weekend
As temps rise into the mid 50's and lower 60's this week in The Berkshires, you can almost taste Spring in the air. The vernal equinox (spring) arrives on Saturday, Mar. 20 at 5:37 a.m.; however, we spring forward THIS Sunday.
Observing EST (Eastern Standard Time) comes to an end once again as we will now be in Daylight Saving Time come Sunday at 2:00 a.m.
I mean most people don't get up at 2 in the morning and move their clocks one hour ahead, just do it Saturday night before bed.
Wait, does anyone have wall clocks anymore? Your phone, cable box, and computer will all automatically change to reflect DST....oh the stove! Yeah, you gotta change that manually.
While most are excited about the extra hour of sunlight in the afternoon, every year I hear complaining about losing ONE hour of sleep. Really? It's ONE hour of ONE day, then it's light out till like almost 7, 8, 9 p.m. the rest of summer!
Now, with that said, I have two children that need to go to bed at the same time as I do. EARLY! So, it's gonna get harder to wind them down when the sun is glaring through the window.
Going to bed early is AMAZING. I know I'm 40 now, but man, I really recommend it!
In terms of how much humans need for sleep, see below.
National Sleep Foundation guidelines advise that healthy adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night. Babies, young children, and teens need even more sleep to enable their growth and development. People over 65 should also get 7 to 8 hours per night. -sleepfoundation.org
So all states with observe Daylight Saving Time, EXCEPT for Hawaii and some of Arizona.