It’s Time For a Change

Hey, it’s me. I’m Scoop, your cub reporter with The Shady Pines Gazette newspaper. This just in. It’s that time again. Get, it, “time?”

We’re about to spring forward an hour due to Daylight Saving Time. It officially happens at 2am this Sunday morning.

So you might as well get ready now ’cause you know it’s coming. And for whatever reason, it always takes some getting used to.

“Scoop are you including in your article what people should do ahead of time?” asks Gazette editor Zulah Talmadge. “I know we always get letters from parents who say their kids are really affected by this change.”

“Yes, Ms. Talmadge. I’ve been doing some research and here’s what I found out.”

* To be on the safe side, Saturday night before you go to bed, remember to set all your clocks ahead one hour. Otherwise, when you wake up, you’ll be really behind.

Scoop sighs when he thinks abut this first suggestion.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been late for something on the Sunday after this happens!”

Zulah nods. “A lot of folks in Shady Pines wonder why we do this twice a year. In the fall we fall back an hour, and in the spring we spring forward.”

Scoop throw up his hands. “I know. It’s crazy isn’t it? There’s talk they may do away with Daylight Saving Time, but for now, we’ve got to live with it I guess.”

* Sleep experts suggest going to sleep — and waking up — slightly earlier in the days leading up to daylight saving time to help adjust yourself to the change. That’s why you need to start now.

Zulah has something to add. “You know what I started doing last year that really helped me?”

“What?” asks Scoop.

“Well,” says Zulah, “When I wake up on that ‘Change The Clocks Sunday,’ I open the blinds and get some sun. I do this right away. Or, I’ll take a morning walk, ’cause I read somewhere that helps reset your internal clock.”

It’s The Law

“Get this Scoop, In case you’re wondering how long we’ve been doing this, Daylight Saving became a federal law in 1966, with passage of the Uniform Time Act.”

“Oh, and another thing Ms. Talmadge,” says Scoop. “We have to remind folks that it’s Daylight Saving, not Savings, so they can correct any of their friends or family who get that wrong.”

The Rules Don’t Apply Everywhere

“That’s a good point Scoop,” says Zulah. “Here’s something that doesn’t make sense to me. We change our clocks and routine here in our small Southern town, but if you live in Hawaii or Arizona, you don’t have to do anything. Other non-observers include American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.”

Scoop shakes his head. “I don’t get it. But I am going to ask our readers if they have any tips on how to get through Daylight Saving without it rocking their world, please let me know and I’ll share it with everyone.”

In the meantime, Scoop out!

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