Some Thoughts on Daylight Saving Time

Iowa City Moms would like to remind you that at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 13, 2022, you should set your clocks ahead an hour, or change them before you go to bed, or when you wake up in the morning.

Just remember that waiting until the morning might make you late for church or other Sunday morning appointments. You’ll also have to do the twice-annual trick of figuring out how to change the clocks on your various appliances — microwaves, stoves, your car.

Thank goodness phones automatically update.

Image: several timepieces in a pile
I often regret having a watch collection at this time of year. 

I just realized that I never could get the clock to change on my programmable thermostat last fall . . .  so I suppose after Sunday that time will be correct again.

Almost no one seems to like the change to daylight saving time. Kids who have to get up for school an hour earlier than they did just last Friday are extra cranky. The morning commute that used to start at 7:15 a.m. starts at what was 6:15 a.m. yesterday. There’s some anecdotal evidence that traffic accidents increase in the week after the time change, which feels true because everyone seems so tired, but others dispute that there’s a significant difference in accidents.

Image: Car driving over a bridge at dawn
Ugh, it’s so dark out in the morning. 

Why do we still have daylight saving time? I would argue that the biggest reason for it is inertia. Forty-five U.S. states have introduced legislation to get rid of DST (and two states don’t have it at all—Arizona and Hawaii); however, the U.S. Congress would have to amend the Uniform Time Act and, well, Congress is busy disagreeing about a lot of other things these days. I remember signing a petition about changing permanently to standard time, which I promptly forgot about until Senator Grassley emailed me.

Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead on Sunday. Maybe try putting your kids to bed a little earlier to get them used to the change. Explain to Fido and Mittens that their feeding schedule will change. And then, just when we’re all used to the time change, we get that glorious one hour added back to our day on November 6 this year.

Sharon Falduto is a Central Iowa native who came to University of Iowa in 1991 and essentially never left the area. She is involved in local community theater, notably as one of the co-founders of Iowa City's Dreamwell Theatre. She has also directed children's plays with the Young Footliters group. Sharon works in with English Language Learners in a support position at Kirkwood Community College.. She lives in Coralville with her husband, Matt, and three daughters Rachel, Samantha, and Piper.


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