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Spring DST: The Ultimate Monday?

The Monday after our clocks leap forward for Daylight Saving Time might feel extra long.

An illustration of a sleepy woman working at a home office on Monday morning accidentally spilling coffee.

The Mondayest Monday ever has to be the Monday after setting the clocks forward for DST.

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In the early hours of Sunday morning on March 12, cell phones across North America will quietly skip one hour.

If it wasn’t for the glowing clock on your microwave, you might even have forgotten that a sure sign of spring has happened.

Twenty-four hours later, enter Monday ...

360 Million Sleepy People

Mondays can be rough, but arguably the Monday after the spring DST change is rougher.

As your alarm bleeps on Monday morning, you can feel it: Daylight Saving Time happened, and the only comfort you have is that around 360 million people* could be feeling the same way.

Congress Had a Meeting about DST

The US Senate wants to ditch the spring switch, and 19 states in the US are ready if Congress gives their approval.

Morning-fresh Hawaiians can poke their tongues out at their fellow Americans. In Hawaii, the clocks never change, and the same goes for most of Arizona.

Ditching the Switch

We’re not leaving those friendly neighbors in the north out. Several locations in Canada have said bye-bye to DST:

Yukon decided to stay on permanent DST in 2020, and most of Saskatchewan, some parts of British Columbia and Québec, and all of Southampton Island don’t bother changing their clocks.

What Time Is It When You Read Jokes about DST?

... time to laugh.

At least for parents, that is. DST causes havoc with morning and bedtime routines in the best of families. It disrupts the circadian rhythm of children and adults alike, resulting in bleary-eyed mornings and feeling “off.”

Effectively it is like jet lag, changing your body’s usual schedule. Tip: step outside into the daylight to help reset your body clock.

More to Come

Some comfort, maybe, for North Americans, is that you’re not alone. In two weeks, there will be millions of tired Europeans as clocks are set forward one hour during the night of Sunday, March 26.