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Comments made by dougfiske

Studying The Biological Clock

It's not accurate to say that everybody loses an hour's sleep when we spring ahead an hour for daylight savings time or gains an hour's sleep when we fall back to standard time.

The time changes always take place very early Sunday mornings. The great majority of people don't set alarms to wake up at a certain time on Sundays. Therefore, they wake up on Sunday mornings whenever they wake up, having slept as long as their bodies wanted. It doesn't matter what time the clock says or whether people advanced the time or turned it back.

The only people who really lose or gain an hour's sleep when the time changes in spring and fall are those who go to sleep at a certain time on those Saturday nights or early Sunday mornings, change their clocks before they go to bed, set their alarms for a specific time on those Sundays, and then wake up when the alarms go off.

March 8, 2010 at 11:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal )