Put a stop to nation's daylight-saving time

Published: Friday, April 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 31, 2005 at 11:15 p.m.
Since I retired almost four years ago, I've come to appreciate more the benefits of sleep. In the old days, I'd go to bed at 11 p.m., get up at 7 a.m. (with the "help" of an alarm clock) and go about my day.
When I retired, I did not set the alarm. I found I was going to bed at 12 a.m. and waking up at 8:20 a.m., or 8:19 a.m., or 8:21 a.m. I realized that if I had gone to bed at 10:40 p.m. while I was working, I would have awakened at 7 a.m. automatically without the jangle of the aggravating alarm clock.
So, my advice to the rest of you who need to be some place on time most days of the week: Experiment on the days you don't have to do that and find out what your optimum length of sleep is.
I will tell you that it is delicious to slowly awaken to the rest of the world via my interior alarm clock.
Unfortunately, we are going to lose an hour's worth of sleep on April 3 (daylight-saving time). I will wear a sleep mask to keep out of my eyes the early light that will seep into my bedroom. I will have my usual problem of jet lag for a week.
I have spoken to a state legislator about this and have been told that getting rid of the time change will never happen. Am I a minority on this?
I do have a compromise that should satisfy all: Move time one half hour forward or back, depending on when legislation finally happens, and then never change it again.
June D. Littler, Gainesville

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