‘Why I Like DST’

The level-headed Dr. Drang on daylight savings time and studies that seek to prove the waste of DST:

Second, do these “studies” ever look into the productivity of people who can’t get a good night’s sleep from May through July because the sun streams into their bedroom at an ungodly hour and the birds start singing outside their window at three-fucking-thirty in the morning? No, they do not.

Dr. Drang makes some fantastic points in favor of DST, but I still can’t get on board with the notion that we should have DST. Even though it would mean sunrise at an ungodly 4:18a here in June, that seems like a small tradeoff for fucking with my internal clock.

Drang’s solution is for better programming to make the transition easier, but what about easing into the transition. If we take into account that we, in fact, have most of our clocks internet connected then shouldn’t we be able to slowly shift time every month so that 6:00a (or whatever time) always aligns with sunrise?

Now, unless every clock everywhere was internet connected, this would be a horrible experience.1 And so would shifting by fifteen minutes every Saturday night for a month, but there are other options rather than a twice a year hour reset.

At least I think it is worth exploring and debating those options, so I signed the petition.


  1. That’s an understatement. 

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The level-headed Dr. Drang on daylight savings time and studies that seek to prove the waste of DST: Second, do these “studies” ever look into the productivity of people who can’t get a good night’s sleep from May through July because the sun streams into their bedroom at an ungodly hour and the birds start […]