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Adjusting to dark, cold evenings

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Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012

Updated: Thursday, November 15, 2012 12:11

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Say goodbye to long summer evenings and hello to an extra hour of sleep. Students have been feeling the effects of the time change even though it has been more than a week since the time fell back one hour due to daylight saving time change.


“I haven’t changed any clocks besides the one on my phone that changes automatically,” said Anthony Israelson, a sophomore majoring in economics and international business. “Every time I get in my car to drive somewhere, I look down at the time and think, ‘Oh crap, I am an hour late,’ but then I remember the time change.”


Confusion due to the time change has led to some students showing up late to events.


“The time change has made me late for a few things,” said Estefan Cespedes, a junior majoring in accounting. “I was supposed to go help my grandma clean her house the other day and ended up being an hour late because I got mixed up thinking a clock’s time hadn’t been changed when it actually had. My grandma wasn’t too happy about me being late.”


Even though the time change has been confusing for some people, sleep-deprived students have enjoyed the extra hour of sleep when the time changed.


“I loved having an extra hour of sleep,” said Israelson. “It was probably the highlight of the whole year.”


To some students, however, the time change has been a nuisance to their sleep.


“It can be inconvenient adjusting to a new sleep schedule,” said Raegon Erickson, an undeclared freshman. “I woke up before my alarm went off for the first three or four days after the time change, but now my sleep is back on schedule.”


The sun setting earlier is leaving students tired and less motivated earlier in the day.


“Since it gets dark earlier at night, by the time I get home it feels later than it actually is,” said Erickson. “I lose motivation to go out and do things.”

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