I spent most of my years oblivious to the concept of Daylight Saving Time or DST. The Philippines’ clock stays the same throughout the year. We do not spring forward nor fall back on certain days of the year. In Dubai, there also is no concept of DST. So imagine the confusion to me when we were required to adapt to this new concept.
This time of the year, we will be asked to “fall back”, adjust all our clocks 1-hour backwards. We will get an extra hour of sleep, they’ve said.
Earlier, I thought that when you fall back, we get into DST.
But as I’ve slowly learned (two years+ is a long time), it is the opposite. This time when you fall back is the real North American time, while the time when we spring forward is DST. So now that daylight is shorter, time is adjusted backward. Today’s 7AM will become 6AM in a few days.
My body clock actually now feels that it needs to adjust. I don’t use an alarm clock since I do get up as soon as the sun light hits my eyes, around 7AM. The past week, I find myself waking up so much later, an hour later in fact, since the sun rises later as well.
But okay, I still don’t get it why we do get an extra hour. I mean, we still do work within the same 24-hour time frame. Plus, when I sleep at 12MN and get up at 7AM regardless if it is DST or not, I still would get the same 7-hour sleep. Maybe it is just psychological or something?
Don’t forget to adjust your clocks this November 1 (Sunday), 2AM!