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5 Ways To Beat The Time Change This Weekend

There are few things I despise more in this world than Daylight Saving time.

I’ve never been a great sleeper. I’ve always gotten either too little or way too much sleep, but nothing really throws a wrench into the gears of my internal clock quite like Daylight Saving time. (Yes, it’s singular. I’m sorry we all had it wrong for so many years.)

Although almost everyone blames Benjamin Franklin and a random group of farmers for this unspeakable monstrosity, the fault lies entirely with British architect named William Willett. Willett thought that people were wasting perfectly good daylight and proposed that clocks be moved forward in April and backward in September to maximize natural light and reduce artificial lighting costs.

The idea took off during World War I, as countries were looking for any and every way to save money on energy costs.

Although it faced years of opposition (ironically from the farmers who are often blamed for this hot mess), the system has remained intact in the U.S. In 2007, President George W. Bush signed our current Daylight Saving time schedule into place and it’s been plaguing us ever since.

Daylight Saving time sucks for so many reasons, but there are a few ways you can fight back.

If you’re lucky enough to have a flexible schedule, you can try to transition your body slowly over the course of the week.


If you have a schedule that is set in stone, you’ll have to power through it. Coffee will be your friend this week.


Give yourself the best possible chance of getting a good night’s sleep. Close your blinds (it will be lighter outside when you go to bed) and ditch the screens in bed.


Or you could be a total rebel and live half of your life on your own time.


If all else fails, sell everything you own and move to a state that doesn’t participate. Aloha Hawai’i.


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