Sunday, May 19, 2019

Spring Ahead?

Coach Wayne’s Corner

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If you follow my column as a regular reader, then you already know my beliefs and opinions on routines. 

Whether our routines are precisely planned out or just happen by repetitive circumstance, we all have them. 

For example: Up in the morning; juice, coffee and breakfast; maybe check our emails and watch a little morning news; then out the door to work or maybe get in some pickleball or tennis; run some errands; then back home late afternoon or early evening for a little happy hour sunset time; dinner; maybe some TV or reading; and finally, lights out at Marco midnight, aka 9:30 PM!

Then, suddenly, twice a year, overnight the powers that be throw us a curve ball and we gain or lose an hour. In actuality, we don’t really gain or lose any time, but the schedule of that time has been adjusted. This adjustment of time affects our internal clock, which affects our abilities to perform both in sports and at work. It’s kind of like having jet lag.

With that said, for me personally, when I travel and experience jet lag, my body tends to adapt more quickly than when I experience this change of time zone at home.

For one, when we travel, we are thrust into the time zone of our new location, where everyone and everything but us is already on that schedule.

In addition, because of the change of venue, we usually have to develop a new routine in our daily activities, as well as the overall timeframe of our schedules being different in our new location.

Also, when traveling, we are usually adjusting to several hours change in time, so with the initial shock of the extreme time change, our body seems to adapt more quickly.

But the subtle change of a single hour from daylight savings tends to really throw me off my game, or as a good British friend of mine used to say, “a bit off my boil.” My regular, 24/7/365 daily routine suddenly is out of sorts and I often feel tired and lethargic in the morning and may have trouble falling asleep at the regular “Marco midnight” bedtime.

Contrary to popular belief, daylight saving time doesn’t last for half the year, it actually lasts about eight months. By act of Congress, beginning in 2007, daylight saving time begins in the United States on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. In 2018, the state of Florida passed a bill to adopt daylight saving time on a year-round basis, which technically speaking, would put us in the Atlantic time zone for part of the year.

I believe this bill is a good idea and will be convenient for all Floridians, as well as economically beneficial to our tourist-based economy. However, in order for this bill to actually take effect, it must be approved on the federal level by Congress. 

Unfortunately, for now, and until the federal government decides what we, as a state are allowed to do (and should be allowed to do on our own), we will have to continue to endure the misery of adjusting to daylight saving time change twice a year.

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