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Spring Forward

Today is the day that I dislike the most out of the whole year. Today starts eight months of struggling to get to sleep at a decent hour, of trying to wake up when I’m supposed to, and dealing with the exhaustion that weighs on me because I can’t get into a groove with sleep. I hate springing forward!

Conversely, I love falling back. That’s the one day of the year I wake up and I start singing.

It’s the MOst WONderful time of the year. Hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmmmmmmmmmm. It’s the MOst WONderful time OF THE YEAR!

(I don’t know any of the lyrics other than that first line, which is why those words are stuck on repeat in my head.)

When I wake up in October November to an extra hour, my body rejoices. I’m instantly able to get into a good sleep groove that lasts until the time changes again. One of these years I’m going to make the fall back weekend a sacred holiday, something similar to what Rebecca does. And one of these years I’ll take the whole week off following spring forward to give my body a chance to adjust (the idea for which was inspired by my friend Becky).

I know that as difficult as it is for me to spring forward, for some people it’s just as difficult, if not more so, to fall back. Amanda ends up with 4 months of insomnia.

So which side do you fall on? Do you love to spring forward or fall back?

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25 Responses to “Spring Forward”

  1. Megan ()

    I like the springing forward. Not so much the actual day of the springing forward when my mind is crying out for that lost hour, but once I get over that and used to the new schedule. I work late now, and I’m so eager to be driving home/have some time actually at home when there’s actually some daylight left. It makes me think of winter finally ending and summer finally coming and generally gives me a lift.

    Sorry to hear you don’t share my sentiments, though. I’m sure I’ll be feeling similarly downcast when they give me back my hour in November. 😉


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  3. Aths ()

    I hate springing forward as well! I’m going to be laaaate for months now. I just love falling back! I wake up an hour earlier and go la-di-da all around!


  4. amy

    I am with you all the way on this one Trish. It screws up the week and I have a hard time re-adjusting as well. I also love to fall back, having had a 25 hour birthday-day once or twice.


  5. jenn ()

    I mind for this one day, and then I’m thrilled. I hate coming home from work and feeling like it’s bedtime just because it’s dark out. And, like Amanda, I also take quite some time to get used to falling back.

    I love spring so much, so I’m willing to take the kick in the seat that is today.


  6. Caitlin ()

    I loathe “Daylight Savings Time” and resent the loss of that hour until they give it back to me. Icky, icky, icky.


  7. Christine ()

    Daylight Savings Time in theory is rather ridiculous. It doesn’t really preserve energy. However, I love it. I love that it’s bright out “later,” even if the “later” is artificial. The worst day of the year, to me, is the day after setting the clocks back when it’s suddenly dark too soon.


  8. Michelle

    I honestly haven’t noticed much of a difference between the two. Though now I imagine I will since y’all are pointing it out to me! Thanks for that 😉


  9. Rita Hernandez ()

    I am in total agreement with you. I love falling back. It’s my most favorite time of year. I hate when we lose the hour. Not just because of the hour, but because of the end of my favorite time of year I suppose.


  10. Christi Aldellizzi ()

    I despise Spring Forward day. I set all my clocks ahead last night before I went to sleep, but duh, it was Saturday, so it was late. Then I set my alarm because my daughter has Sunday school. Get up, showered, dressed, ready to go…and can’t wake the kid up. She slept until 11:30 this morning (which was really only 10:30, but still, that’s awfully late). Although I love spring, I much prefer falling back and gaining an hour of sleep!


  11. Becky West

    Hate, hate, hate with a passion deep and consuming. I actually have decided to stop trying to fight it this year and took the entire week off from work to try and adjust more slowly. I don’t even care which one it is, but we need to pick one and stick with it year round like Arizona and Indianapolis. It’s just too hard on my poor body.


  12. Kathleen

    As much as I hate to lose that hour of sleep, I really enjoy having that extra daylight. It always takes me about a week to get used to the new time. It is amazing how one hour can make a difference and disrupt my body clock so much.


  13. Sandy

    Spring forward can kiss my ass (and yours too). But as I was telling Rebecca over at her place, it sucked even worse for my husband, who had to fly out this morning at 5:30am! He definitely didn’t plan that one out very well.


  14. zibilee ()

    I hate spring forward, and love fall back as well. I like it to get dark earlier, and don’t appreciate it when it’s 7pm and still sunlight out there.


  15. Sheila DeChantal ()

    I hate losing the hour but look at is as a sign of spring and ooh I do like that 🙂 Other than this first day ANNOYING me as the hour was STOLEN… neither springing forward or back bothers me.


  16. Leslie ()

    I had no idea this many people were annoyed by the time change. It doesn’t seem to bother me springing forward or backward. But I only get about 5 hours of sleep a night so being sleep deprived is probably a normal state for me.


  17. Marg ()

    If I have to pick one or the other I would definitely say that I prefer spring forward! I love that it isn’t dark as I am getting home. Losing the hours sleep doesn’t bother me at all. We are about to fall back so we are at the opposite end of the season than you!


  18. Jenn's Bookshelves ()

    Fall back, without a doubt. I already get up super early in order to get some “me” time in, so when we lose an hour in the spring it throws off my total routine. It takes about a week or two for me to adjust to the time change.


  19. Emily

    I don’t like springing back, but I do like that it’s now light out when I leave work! Makes it feel less like I spend my entire life there. I didn’t really appreciate losing an hour on my BIRTHDAY, however! Not a nice present 😛


  20. Ryan ()

    Couldn’t agree more. The whole Spring forward thing is horrible. Losing that one hour of sleep throws me off until October.


  21. Lisa

    I have a hard time springing forward, especially now that we do it so early in the year. It means that just as I’ve gotten used to waking up to the sun rising, it’s back to waking up in the dark again. I have a hard enough time waking up. But I do admit that I love those longer evenings once it’s warm enough to enjoy it and I’ll adjust in another week or so. But I love to fall back! You’re tired when it’s time to go to bed; you’re rested when it’s time to wake up. Sadly, it does mean that it will soon be pitch dark at dinner time, though.


  22. Jenny

    I hate springing forward. Falling back is bloody lovely, but I’d do without it if it meant I wouldn’t have to spring forward. Yuck. Plus this year, the time change occurred on the same day that I took a red-eye back from California to New York and went straight to work from the airport. AWFUL. Do not recommend this.


  23. Jennygirl

    Love the light staying around longer, but hate the hour of sleep they steal from me. It has taken me the whole week to adjust. I love the fall back though, but I like Fall anyhow 🙂
    Hope you have recovered by now.


  24. Melanie ()

    Hard to pick – extra sleep usually wins. But if you were cooped up with 3 large energetic children who have to stay inside after 4:30 because it’s too dark to play outside, you may choose spring forward. Now those kids don’t come in until 7pm and mama gets her house (and sanity) back. Hooray!


  25. Daniel

    I hate springing forward as an hour of sleep is lost and also it should be nature that takes control on when it get’s dark and light. Plus the light is out much longer in the summer anyways than the winter and in March even before the time change it is already still light at 6:00 in the evening anyways. The falling back part is what I love as an extra hour of sleep is gained and also it’s the normal real time again which should always be the case all year long.


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