When I was growing up no one talked about sleep but now the subject seems to be everywhere. People are heralding the many benefits of good slumber to increase health, civility, focus, decision-making and happiness. Arianna Huffington’s new book even goes as far as calling it “The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life One Night at a Time.”

Popular apps such as the iPhone’s Bedtime feature help you set alarms to keep your sleep routine consistent – yet for most of the country, we intentionally disrupt it twice each year. No matter if you gain a mythical hour or lose it, altering your sleep patterns isn’t good.

As society gains knowledge, we need to act on it. When Daylight Saving Time began in 1966 the world was a different place. We worried more about farmers working in the dark fields than we did about sleep patterns. Now modern agricultural equipment has lights and auto-pilot and our attention should shift to keeping adults, children and pets in their normal evening rhythms.

Change the clocks today – but work with your legislators to change the need to change them in the future.

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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