Just a reminder, Daylight Savings Time will end this Sunday, November 2, 2008 in North America. 65% of the readers from SpeedEndurance.com are from the United States and Canada.
I’m not looking forward to 5pm workouts in the dark and finishing in total darkness. At least the weight room is indoors.
The one hour time difference, either from Daylight Savings to Standard Time, or traveling though several time zones makes a difference on your sleep patterns. At least temporarily.
In the past, Daylight Savings Time ended the last Sunday of October for Canada and United States. Now Daylight Savings Time will end the first Sunday in November. Also, DST starts 3 weeks earlier in March instead of April. The 4 extra weeks is supposed to bring massive savings in energy bills.
There are exceptions:
In Canada, the majority of Saskatchewan and parts of northeastern British Columbia do not observe DST but instead stay on “standard time” all year long.
In the USA, Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Nation), Hawaii, the territories of Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa are the only places in the USA that do not observe DST.
I already wrote about the Humans’ Natural Circadian Rhythm Disrupted By Daylight Savings Time last fall.
If you feel 8 hours of sleep makes you a zombie, be sure to read The Best Method to Sleep using your REM cycle and understand why 6, 7.5 or 9 hours of sleep is better. Or 11 hours if you are Paula Radcliffe! (but that includes a nap)