There will be no 2 a.m. on Sunday March 10, thanks to Daylight Saving Time. Instead, clocks will jump from 1:59 a.m. to 3 a.m. This is done to effectively move an hour of sunlight from the morning to the afternoon.
There isn’t much more that needs to be said, except don’t forget to set your clocks ahead before you go to bed on Saturday night. Instead, I’ll take this opportunity to share with you a story of my most memorable Daylight Saving Time day.
It was a few years ago while I was working the night shift at a mental hospital in Fargo. I forgot to set my clock forward an hour before I went to bed. I had most Saturdays off, and this was no exception.
As was my typical tradition I spent all of Saturday night awake, preparing myself for the new sleep schedule I’d be going through during the week. When I woke up for work on Sunday night, I thought nothing of Daylight Saving Time.
It wasn’t until I arrived at work an hour late (fifteen minutes early in my mind) that I sensed anything was wrong. I went to my scheduled wing to find a noticeably aggravated tech staring at the door waiting for me. She had been switched from her wing, to cover for me, and I was to report to a one-to-one.
A one-to-one was required for patients who were having a difficult time. Most nights, a one-to-one meant we would watch the patient sleep or help calm them down by talking with them all night. That wasn’t the case this night.
My one-to-one gentleman was an older fellow, who was having some difficulty with his medication. Not only was he sleepwalking most of the night, but he was also having difficulty controlling his... waste.
My night was spent directing a half asleep, hard-of-hearing old man to the restroom, where he would mess his pants. Then, I’d clean him up, get him to bed and the journey would start again.
It got to the point, that night, where the hospital ran out of adult-diapers, so we had to have a security guard run out and get more.
It maybe wasn’t the longest night of my life, but it was definitely one of the longest. It’s been a few years since then and I haven’t missed Daylight Saving Day since. Set your clocks forward March 9 before you go to bed for the night.