Fall Back! Fall Back!

Light has been a big topic of conversation this week since this Sunday, November 7 at 2 a.m., we change our clocks back to standard time. The most popular sentiment seems to be dread--of evening commuting in the dark, of the end of having enough light to play outside or work in the yard at the end of the day.
Plus, research suggests that the return to standard time affects us in a variety of ways, from disrupted sleep to an increase in car vs. pedestrian accidents. On the bright side, this change could lead to the need for more napping, contemplating day, night and the nature of time or just generally cozying up to the realities of seasonal changes. Judging from the literature, the whole concept appears to be contentious:

Seize the Daylight: The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Saving Time David Prerau
Before You Vote: To Tinker with our Clocks and Inflict Daylight-confusing Time on the Rank and File of Denver's Citizens Association Against Daylight Confusing Time (Needs staff retrieval from the Western History & Genealogy collection)
Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Michael Downing
Sleep Thieves: An Eye-Opening Exploration into the Science and Mysteries of Sleep Stanley Coren
Time's Pendulum: The Quest to Capture Time--from Sundials to Atomic Clocks Jo Ellen Barnett
The Art of Napping William A. Anthony


The Time Book: A Brief History from Lunar Calendars to Atomic Clocks Martin Jenkins
Arctic Lights, Arctic Nights Debbie S. Miller
The Napping House Audrey Wood (also available as small board book and big book)
What Makes Day and Night Franklyn M. Branley
Day and Night Anita Ganeri

Written by Stefanie on November 4, 2010


Anonymous on November 4, 2010


Thank you - I've always wondered about this.

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