Last Sunday, March 10th, at 2 am, students at the University of Saint Mary had to adjust their clocks to “spring forward” to daylight saving time. Those in areas who perform the twice annual resetting of clocks are familiar with this ritual, while others may be new to setting the clocks forward in Spring.
As the time moved one hour forward, students will be adapting for the next week to the time change as their sleep schedules will be disrupted and the change will push back the sun rising and setting.
Students are on spring break as they adjust to the new time change and sleeping patterns will be changing with not having class to attend. Students will lose an hour of sleep and have more changes in how sleepy they feel or how it affects the quality of their sleep when the clocks “spring forward”.
In an article by USA Today, they included how daylight-saving time messes with your body clock, “Gaining or losing an hour probably will affect sleep patterns, often for about five to seven days. The most notable changes are in those who regularly do not get enough sleep.”
Students have busy schedules, especially students at the University of Saint Mary who are involved in athletics. Getting enough sleep for student athletes is very important, luckily students are on spring break as the clocks moved forward one hour and can adjust better.
Camille Reyes, a junior at the University of Saint Mary shares her thoughts about daylight saving times, “Spring break will allow me to catch up on my sleep and not really have to worry about the time change. But the sun being out longer will help with my moods and emotions.”
Daylight saving time is something students learn to adjust and adapt to in life. Spires are doing just that over this week of spring break.
Melanie Roberts is a Sophomore at the University of Saint Mary studying Digital Communications.