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.
It’s not as hard to cope in the fall when you get “an extra” hour of sleep, but it can still do weird things to your body. Daylight Saving time sucks for so many reasons, but there are a few ways you can fight back.