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What to Do with Your Extra Hour

Filed Under: Sexual Health at 4:16 pm | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor
ClockMost mornings, we pry our eyes open, look at the clock and beg for one more hour. If, by some miracle of God, the flashing numbers and incessant beeping could be delayed by just 60 minutes, we would willingly give away all of our worldly possessions and take up a life of good deeds.  At least, that’s what we claim in our first moments of consciousness, because the hour of waking is one of the most painful and one that arrives all too soon. Normally, our prayers are never answered, but this weekend, thanks to Daylight Saving Time, they will be.

Conceived of by Benjamin Franklin, Daylight Saving Time takes away an hour in the spring and returns it in the fall.  It’s meant to better our use of sunlight by keeping our summer evenings brighter longer. And, it does. The warm, languid days stretch far into the evening hours, maximizing our outside work and play time.  Of course, that means we have to compensate during the winter, often getting up in the dark and returning home in the same state. The impending darkness, however, should not dim your mood, because as I’ve already mentioned, we’re about to get one more hour. Just make sure you use it wisely.

By the time you are wide awake on Saturday morning, you may view the bonus as an opportunity to cram in 60 more minutes of activity. After all, you are essentially being told to stay up later, making possible one more drink, that extra-long movie, the final chapter in your book or an hour on the computer. However, you should quell this desire. Focus, instead, on how you generally feel in the mornings and then, go to bed.  Use the hour to sleep.  You know you don’t normally get enough of it. You’re generally sleep deprived, and this is causing you problems  – daytime drowsiness, difficulty concentrating, short-term memory lapses, mood changes and a weakened immune system. So, take care of your body this weekend by setting the clocks back and curling up under the covers before the 2 a.m. call time.

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