Daylight savings time coming to an end

Darkness falls earlier this coming Sunday night. Daylight savings time ends at two in the morning on Nov. 7, the latest day that it can fall in the year.
I say this with sadness. I wake and go to work in darkness in the morning and with the change of hours, for a short time I will have daylight in the morning with darkness falling earlier and I find myself going home in darkness.
That will then follow to going to work in darkness and going home in darkness.
A recent medical study has found that turning the clock back is not good for our health.
The extra hour of daylight in the afternoon would enable more people to take in the rays of the sun and produce vitamin D.
The extra time to be outdoors in daylight would allow people to exercise more as well.
A study in Scotland has found that we could receive an extra 300 hours of daylight in the year providing benefits to almost everyone if daylight saving was extended year round.
We currently waste the daylight in the early hours of the day as we wake to sunlight, and start the day.
For six more weeks the daylight hours will shrink, before the days again begin creeping back into daylight.
I don’t enjoy the shortened daylight hours. However, thanks to changes made in 2006, daylight savings time occurs for an extra four weeks a year.
The change in 2006 was to continue to match the time zones of the United States.
The extension of daylight savings in the United States was made as an energy saving measure.
Only the province of Saskatchewan does not follow the change of time, as do some sections of British Columbia.
More recent studies have shown that energy savings only occur in more northern latitudes and that communities in southern latitudes actually require more energy.
The ending of daylight saving is probably the official marker of the beginning of winter and the start of daylight savings in March is really the official marker for spring.
In Britain, daylight savings ended this past Sunday, and millions of British citizens arrived early for work on Monday because the clocks on their “iPhone 4’s” were set to North American time references and failed.
Apple has announced that they have an upgrade for their phones which will be available for North American users to download so that the phones will adjust times correctly.
So this Saturday night, remember to set your clocks back an hour.
Enjoy that extra hour of sleep that you lost in March and wake up refreshed to sunshine knowing that Christmas is only 49 days away.

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