What do we want?
Our hour back.
When do we want it?
An hour ago.
That snarky chant sums up how a lot of Northwesterners feel about moving their clocks ahead for daylight saving time. In our recent PEMCO Poll, two-thirds said they'd rather follow the lead of Hawaii and Arizona and leave the clocks alone.
It's not just that flashing 12:00 on the microwave that's vexing people into saying the hourglass has run down on this springtime ritual that's continuously been part of American life since 1966. It affects how we feel and function. In our Poll:
- 54% said it takes them at least two days to adjust to daylight saving time
- 21% said three to five days
- 21% (in Oregon) said they're dragging for a week or more!
There's even evidence to suggest more heart attacks occur in the week following the switch, and traffic accidents spike by 10%.
But not everyone minds springing forward. One in five said they'd stand in the way of attempts to standardize standard time. (Efforts to change the law in both Washington and Oregon have always fallen flat.)
So besides ordering that venti latte, what's a bleary-eyed Northwesterner to do? Health experts suggest you dial back your bedtime in 15-minute increments during each of the four days preceding the change. On Sunday, get plenty of fresh air and sunshine to help your body's clock readjust, and catnap if you must (but keep it to 20 minutes so you won't lie awake in bed later). Finally, watch out for drowsy drivers in the coming week.
How do your daylight saving sentiments compare with your neighbors? Read the complete PEMCO Northwest Poll, in which Seattle's FBK Research surveyed 1,200 Washington and Oregon residents.