The weather can’t seem to make up its mind this year, but one thing is for certain: this time, next week we will be enjoying the opportunity of outdoor time a little bit later.
Daylight Saving Time is a great idea, and once we get over the exhaustion of “losing an hour,” the practice certainly comes in handy, as the day feels longer (well, daylight hours, anyway).
If you are already enjoying retirement, the effects of DST may be minimal; but for many among us, the hands on the clock aren’t the only adjustments we need to be aware of.
Sleep patterns may be disrupted, as our “internal clocks” struggle to catch up with an hour of lost zzz’s – particularly during the first week or so after the time change. Researchers in Finland found that people who enjoy staying up late at night are more bothered by DST than people who are more productive in the mornings.
Medical professionals also note an increase in the number of heart attacks during the first week of Daylight Saving Time, as people adjust to changes in sleep, and perhaps added stress related to amending their schedules.
On the positive side, fewer traffic accidents are reported during Daylight Saving Time, including a reduction in the number of lethal car crashes and incidents in which cars strike pedestrians. Researchers concluded that people drive more safely during daylight hours, perhaps related to increased visibility and drivers who are more rested.
Daylight Saving Time began in the United States during World War I, as part of an effort to conserve fuel. The theory behind its implementation was that using daylight more efficiently would save energy because it reduced the need for artificial light. This was the same theory set forth by Benjamin Franklin when he first introduced the idea of DST in 1784. Franklin hoped to implement the program to reduce the “wasting of early-morning sunlight” during the summer, by people who burned candles at night and slept past sunrise.
As for modern implications, Daylight Saving Time allows more opportunity to spend quality time outdoors, working in the garden, exercising, and visiting with friends and neighbors.
With a plethora of outdoor features, such as courtyard gardens, streets with sidewalks, wide front porches, and a community clubhouse, Windsong Communities celebrates the start of Daylight Saving Time as an opportunity for homeowners to maximize enjoyment of their homes.
For those still searching for the perfect home, DST means extra daylight hours to drive through our Windsong Communities under construction, and pick out the perfect home site to enjoy a sunset from the porch, plan a garden party, or simply relax outdoors.
Welcome home to Windsong, Where Life’s A Breeze!
Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 2:00 a.m. Remember to set your clocks FORWARD one hour so you don’t miss any opportunities to indulge in your carefree lifestyle!