The time rolls back one hour tonight. This means an extra hour of sleep for those who observe the Daylight Savings Time rule each year. Not every state observes this practice, though. Arizona and Hawaii are the only two states who do not, and stay on ‘Standard Time‘ all year.
I find it strange how some people are effected by just one hour adjustment in time either way. I often wonder if this change in the body clock is actually a physical thing or psychological. I tend to think it is a combination of both.
As for me, I only get around three to five hours sleep a night (but cat-nap during the day) and my body is not controlled by a strict regiment or routine. So when the time changes, it means nothing to me. Except for one time.
During my boot-camp training at the US Naval Training Center San Diego (Co. 537, 1962), there is a week called ‘Service Week.’ During the forth week of training each company has to perform services for the rest of the boot-camp trainees. My company (except me) had to pull service in the chow-hall. This meant that we had to get up 4:00 A.M. to get to the chow hall to prepare for breakfast, wash pots and pans and clean up afterward, take a small break and start up again for the noon meal and again for the dinner meal, finishing up around 8:00 P.M.
Then you had to go back to the barracks and wash clothes and hang them out to dry overnight (hoping it didn’t rain.) This meant that lights-out was at 10:00 P.M. and those who were behind had to work in the dark, stand watch, or pass out form exhaustion only to be awaken at 4:00 A.M.
I said the this was my companies life that week but not me. I was given the assignment of being a messenger for the Master at Arms in the Admin Building. I delivered messages and packages all over the base on a bicycle, and I had to march the men in the brig over for meals (not a fun thing.) But much of the time was spent in the office of the Master at Arms reading books on Naval History and other military related stuff. But I still had to wake up with the company and do all the A.M. chores required by each company like cleaning the showers and the head (Navy term for shitter - uh - bathroom) and sweeping and swabbing (mopping) the barracks. This fell on me as I didn’t have to report to the Adman Building until 8:00 A.M.
But that October Saturday night of week 4 was the fall changing of the time and everyone got an extra hour sleep.
It was amazing how much happier and rested we felt with that one extra hour sleep. And it was Sunday morning and the last day of service week. It was like Christmas morning. The guys were laughing and joking around while the Shit, Shower and Shaving was going on. Even the recruits coming in for the meals seemed happier. And we kept telling each other that it was the extra hour sleep that made the difference. Did it? Or did we just think it did? Don’t know for sure.
So I guess it does play in physically as well as mentally how the time change effects us (uh, y’all.) How does it effect you?
But more important, don’t forget to change your clocks back tonight, no matter if you are in boot-camp or not.