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A New Approach to Turning the Clocks Back...

As if usual for this time of year, I have seen some posts last week, and more and more of them as we get closer to tomorrow, Saturday... the big "turn the clocks back" day.

I have an idea.  Sure... we "Spring Forward, and Fall Back"... as far as messing both with the clock and the time change, and also messing with our internal sleep clocks. 

Some people say, I am told, that it hits older folks more than younger ones.  Some of us take quite a while to adjust.  I have also read some stories by dairy farmers... that their milk-producing cows can have a difficult time adjusting. 

The sleep disorder doctors call it the "circadian rhythm."  It affects plants and animals, as well as us humans.

Well... here is a new idea.  What if... instead of doing the "same old, same old" routine of turning our clocks back only ONE hour... to get that one extra hour of sleep... what IF... we turned our clocks back TWENTY-FIVE hours.

Could we then get an entire day, plus that extra hour... of extra sleep ?  I am tired, and I could surely use the sleep.

I have been reaching into the far corners of my brain... trying to come up with some answers.  Anyone else have any similar suggestions ?  Whaddya say.  Could it work ?

Just Wondering...

Comment balloon 36 commentsKaren Anne Stone • November 05 2010 06:04PM

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The cruel irony of understanding time is just we we think we have it figured out...it decides it has to be a sprint to the finish!!

Goodnight Karen Anne...have a good weekend of sleep!!

Posted by Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker, Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940 (Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska) almost 9 years ago

Hi Karen Anne... Now this is the kind of outside the box thinking I can support!  :-)

Posted by Steve Shatsky almost 9 years ago

Mike:  I just KNEW I could count on a fine gentleman and inspirational writer like yourself to agree with me.  You obviously have an insightful mind and spirit.

Any good volley ball games this weekend ?  How's that athlete/daughter of yours doing ?  Take care...

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 9 years ago

Steve:  Perhaps we could have a contest for some additional ideas on how we could make this work world-wide.  First prize could be a three-pound package of thick-sliced maple-flavored bacon.  Whaddya think ?

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 9 years ago

Karen, I am sure this idea could be sold to Congress---then again maybe not----but I think it is a great idea :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 9 years ago

The whole reason for the time change in a modern society eludes me.  Think about all the years...thousands...before we decided we needed Daylight Savings time.  Ancient cultures didn't need to spring forward or fall back.  They just let the natural rythums of the earth's rotation tell them the time of the day and seasons of the year.  I say skip this whole silly clock changing mess.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 9 years ago

I am all in for setting the clocks back 25 hours. Not only some extra sleep - but some real "catch-up" time, and maybe some "avoid making THAT mistake" time....count me in!

Posted by Lisa Orme, Broker/Realtor, ABR, CRS,GRI, PSCS, SFR, Notary Pu (The Master's Key Realty LLC -Windsor, CT - HARTFORD COUNTY) almost 9 years ago

Charles:  Right now, today, I don't think there is ANYTHING that could be sold to Congress.  And with the Republican gains in both the House and the Senate this week... I don't think ANYTHING is going to happen except pure gridlock.  So, even without my clock-turning idea happening, it appears that extra-sleep is on the menu.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 9 years ago

Cindy:  I don't know why the time change started in the first place.  I am sure the cows in the dairy barns didn't come up with the idea.  The earliest reason I can remember hearing... is about the kids waiting at the bus stop in the morning for the school bus... and having to wait in the dark.

Then... some years ago... even that was "adjusted"... with "saving energy" as the reason being given.

I guess the only way to get away from it all... is for everyone to move much closer to the equator... since that is the place least affected by the daylight/night-time changes.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 9 years ago

Lisa:  Catching up would be a great idea.  And... your suggestion here has given me an idea for another blog post.  One about "avoiding making THAT mistake."  Kind of like the "mulligan" idea that some folks use when playing gold.  The "do over."

I wonder what people would do if they could really HAVE... a mulligan ?  I am guessing that you will want to be "counted in" on that idea, as well.  I know I do.  Take care... have a great weekend.

By the way... with you "up north"... I just read that Cleveland has a chance of SNOW this weekend.  Any chance that's gonna hit you ?  Sure glad I don't have to worry about snow tires since I moved down here to Fort Worth.  <smile>

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 9 years ago

Hey, but wait.  That means we would all have to repeat November 6.  If your idea gets passed by congress, what happens in the spring?  Would we lose a day and spring forward 25 hours?  I don't want to lose a day in the spring!  

How about we fall back in July (25 hours), so we could gain an extra day in the summer and then spring forward in January (25 hours), so that we would lose a day in winter?

Thanks for the mind bender.

Posted by Ted Tyrrell, Selling Homes in Beautiful Victoria (RE/MAXCamosun (Chatterton)) almost 9 years ago

Ted:  You are very welcome.  I often have all sorts of mind-benders here on my blog posts.  Speaking of "mind-benders..." do you remember Wayne Fontana and the Mind-Benders ?  They were a rock group back in the sixties.  Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders - Game of Love  

As can be seen here... I often have a problem with digressing... and often just a simple thought can take paragraphs for me to finish.  But, so much for "mind-benders."

I think you idea is a great one.  Perhaps we could choose to re-live a particularly good day, and cancel-out having to live a particularly bad day.  Great idea.

I invite you to read more of my blog posts.  Have a great weekend.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 9 years ago

I 2nd Teds idea.

Posted by Ross Therrien, Realtor, Broker Associate (Prudential Verani Realty, Londonderry,New Hampshire) almost 9 years ago

Novel idea.  I actually have heard that the number of heart attacks increase just after the clocks go forward because of the lack of one hour's sleep.  So this should be a life saving tactic.  Imagine 25 hours back.....

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) almost 9 years ago

Karen Anne - How about turning the clock back 97 hours ... one for day light savings end and the 96 hours to give a chance to do better with the election?  (OK, better in MY opinion!)

Posted by Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton, The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton (The Nines Team At Keller Williams) almost 9 years ago

You know - with the anti-science attitudes around the country that include questioning the theory of gravity - people might actually think that if we "cancelled" a day - we actually stopped the earth's rotation and orbit for 25 hours.  Worth a shot!

Posted by Ruthmarie Hicks (Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605) almost 9 years ago

Ms Karen- I like your way of thinking. I've always had a hard time adjusting to the time change.  It's not that I'm late/early to things because of it, but my body rhythm takes time to adjust  I either want to eat an hour earlier (no need to worry about wanting to eat an hour later) or go to bed an hour earlier.  In any event I could use the extra hour. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 9 years ago

I will vote for a 25 hour turn back. What an amazing idea. I could actually get some real sleep. Does it come without guilt?

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

KarenAnne, not tooooooo sure about this one...I am just glad to get the extra hour :)

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) almost 9 years ago

Jack I like your thinking about that election thingy..........Karen Ann, hmmmmmmmmm such a good idea.......you need to go public with this and while we are at it can it be a holiday too?

Posted by 'The Diamond Group' 'A Cut Above The Rest', Lubbock Texas Real Estate (The Diamond Group @ Keller Williams) almost 9 years ago

Ross:  Uh huh.  Well said.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 9 years ago

Jane:  I believe it about the heart attacks.  It can put some of the older and more fragile folks under stress.  So, tomorrow night should be a good thing, and 25 hours even better.  Just think if we could turn it into a "do over."

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 9 years ago

Jack in #15:  I caution you, my friend.  Yer startin' to get a little complicated here.  Remember... yer dealin' with Realtors, now.  We need to keep it simple... <smile>

Now the 96 hours for the election.  What good would a do-over be ?  We would need a whole lot more time, and the Democrats... especially "the Chief" would have to grow some "brass ones" and return some of the "favors" Ms Palin was passing out.  Although, actually, in Delaware, Nevada, and prolly Colorado too... she sure did screw things up for the Republicans.

I sure hope she gets the nomination for President in 2012.  What a Christmas Present !

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 9 years ago

Ruthmarie:  Yes... the "anti-science" crowd.  No such thing as global warming.  The ocean levels are not rising, etc.  I guess the fact that some of the islands in Chesapeake Bay have disappeared is all a hoax.

There are some who trumpet so strongly their "anti-elitist" drivel... trying to paint anyone who seems to know what they are talking about... as an elitist.  It is so ironic that so many other countries value and honor their "learned" citizens, yet so many here devalue them.  Hope you are well... take care...

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 9 years ago

Kathy in #17:  It is difficult for many to adjust to the various time-changes.  It takes time, sometimes a few weeks to a month.  Some folks... just a few... get to in-tune with one time regimen that adjusting to a new one is very, very difficult.

Well... with my suggestion, you get an extra hour, plus an extra day.  Use it well, my dear.  <smile>

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 9 years ago

Ellie in #18:  Just for you, I have ordered the time change this year to come WITHOUT guilt, but WITH a quilt.  That way... when you catch that extra 25 hours of sleep... you can be nice and cozy warm.

I read that Cleveland actually has a chance of snow this weekend.  Hope things in Ellicott City don't get covered with white stuff this weekend.  I remember last winter... you had some really cool and cute posts showing all the snow, with your boy... and looked like you were having some fun with it.

So... yes, no guilt.  But, you'll have to find a place to hide so you can sleep... without being pestered.  By the way... you are so fortunate to live in such a nicely-blue-colored state.  More than a little envy, here.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 9 years ago

Rebecca in #19:  Remember... I am in Texas.  The thinking down here very often ends up being pretty warped.  I try to shield myself from it, but usually to no avail.  Enjoy your extra hour.  Stay warm.  You live in such a pretty area.  So serene.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 9 years ago

Elizabeth in #20:  Ahhh... the election.  I liked what Bill White had to say in the Governors campaign against Perry.  He had great things to say, he just didn't get his message across very well.  He needed to be more forceful... and display a more "in control" persona.  Unfortunately, he came across as somebody's very nice uncle.

Oh yes.  We will definitely make it a holiday.  But, will that mean that Realtors get the day off as well, or will even more folks want you to take them out and show them homes.  We need more "days off" that actually turn into actual days off.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 9 years ago

I always am more affected about the second week in September when there begins to be a little bite in the air. My internal clock is screwed up all the time otherwise Karen Anne...

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) almost 9 years ago

Paul:  I can easily understand that when your "receptors" notice a change coming in the seasons that they can become disoriented.  That sounds pretty normal to me.  There are many things our bodies do, and many ways they respond to things... that we have no idea of.  It's such a good thing that some of our bodily systems are on "automatic pilot" and don't have to wait until our brains remember to tell them (those systems) what to do.

Have a great weekend.  Enjoy the extra hour.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 9 years ago

Karen, you crack me up.  What a great suggestion.   What could I do with 25 hours?

  • Sleep
  • blog
  • catch up all that stuff that's supposed to done already.
Let's send it to Congress for a vote.  Should we?

Posted by Kate Bourland, Onlilne Marketing Mobile Marketing (Marketing with Kate) almost 9 years ago

Kate:  Considering what just happened to Congress a few days ago, I don't think ANYTHING is going to happen there... for a very long time.  I think all we can expect now is Gridlock.

But... with the news that old friend Jerry Brown is now Governor of the Great State of California... there is no telling what he can or cannot do... if he wants to.  Perhaps we can get HIM to put this on the ballot.  It would be much better than that really dumb Prop 8 that has caused so much trouble out there.  Whaddya think ?

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 9 years ago

OMG, that would be so great.  I could really use the time to catch up...on sleep, work and cleaning my apt.  What a wonderful idea.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 9 years ago

Cows could care less about the time change Karen Anne. They want to be milked at the same time every day no matter what the clock might say. And my dog insists on getting up at the same time too, real time.

I say we should just not change the clocks. Does it really save anything? Does it really help us? How on earth does it save daylight, LOL, I'm just sayin... it kills daylight IMHO.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 9 years ago

Karen Anne ~ I'll take the 25 hours to catch up on everything I've been saying "I can do that tomorrrow" for.

Posted by Dawn A Fabiszak, The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience! (Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado) almost 9 years ago

I Looooove your idea :)!  I am all in and would vote for that in a heartbeat!  I could catch up on sleep and get stuff done that I was supposed to. 

Most likely though........I would just procrastinate and need another 25 hours :)!  Still great idea though!

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) almost 9 years ago

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