Daylight Saving Time – And You | Innovative Office Solutions

Our office persona for March 2015 is the Team Player – helping you stay productive and on track throughout the entire month!  When it comes to keeping you less and less groggy during these first few weeks of daylight saving time, our Team Player is happy to provide you with all the necessary solutions you need to keep going!

Like most of us, you may be suffering from drowsiness and grogginess thanks to daylight saving time.  But – you’re not alone.  

The History of Daylight Saving Time History*

In 1918 “Fast time”, as Daylight Saving Time was once referred, was first introduced when President Woodrow Wilson signed it into law to support the World War I effort.  Robert Garland, a Pittsburgh industrialist who is often referred to as the “father of Daylight Saving”, spearheaded the idea after having encountered the idea in the United Kingdom.

Having been repealed seven months later, some cities – including Pittsburgh, Boston, and New York – continued to use it until was instituted year-round by FDR in 1942.

Daylight Saving Time and Sleep**

Our biological clock is unhappy with the time change. During the days and weeks before the time change, most of us awake to sunlight, which is your internal wake-up alarm. Sunlight stimulates our biological clock and activates other brain regions involved with maintaining homeostasis and wakefulness. However, because of daylight saving time, our early morning hours are filled with darkness and we may have more of an urge to “sleep-in.” Less daylight in the morning hours can pause the biological clock’s wake-promoting drive, causing a jet-lag-like feeling – making mornings harder than they are normally.

Whatever your morning routine, these next couple weeks may be a bit more difficult because of the time change.  But fear not – Innovative Office Solutions is happy to provide you any of the “go juice” needed to help you get up and happily greet the day!  For the coffee lovers, we have k-cups and grounds galore.  For the tea drinkers in the office, we’ve got all of the green tea you could ask for.  And for those who prefer energy drinks, we’re stocked!

So we know the effect daylight saving time can have on our internal clock and our sleep schedule – but what about energy consumption?  We’ve all heard the rumors that it was originally used for farming purposes, but are we really saving, well, anything with daylight saving time?

Staying Powered***

With residential electricity output heaviest at night, the idea of daylight saving time is to quell energy use.  It makes sense in theory – wake up earlier, more daylight at the end of the work day and into the evening, equalling less energy used.  But does it really save as much energy as we think?  Some studies show there is little proof that daylight saving actually saves energy.

A study between two Australian states – Victoria and South Australia – showed that daylight saving did help reduce energy use in the evening.  However, energy usage in the mornings increased – negating any energy saved the previous evening.  So that begs the question – how much energy are we saving?  Furthermore – should daylight saving continue?

It doesn’t seem like daylight saving time will cease any time soon.  However, there are further steps you can take to help reduce your energy output, stay energized, and help get back on schedule during these first few weeks of daylight saving time.

Because the time we live in is so reliant on power, Innovative Office Solutions is your best bet when it comes to keeping your office running as productive as possible.  Everything from battery and device chargers, to energy-efficient projectors and printers.  Even without daylight saving time these devices will save you the hassle – and the money – in the long run.

Let Innovative be your single source for all your office needs. Join us and become a Team Player in your workplace!

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