FALL back this weekend!

Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour before going to bed Saturday night November 3, 2012.

Here’s some great info that came from the John Tesh Radio Show this week:

Did you know fall is the perfect time to adjust your sleep schedule and get more rest? Take advantage of the earlier sunsets and turn in 10 minutes earlier each night. After a week, you’ll be getting an extra hour of rest.

This weekend brings the end of Daylight Saving Time, which can leave many of us tired from the adjustment! So why not start working in extra minutes of sleep at the same time?


Okay, we lost that hour of sleep over the weekend so it’s time to lighten the mood.

“Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep.”
    * Albert Camus

“People who say they sleep like a baby usually don’t have one.”
    * Leo J. Burke

“Everyone should have kids. They are the greatest joy in the world. But they are also terrorists. You’ll realize this as soon as they are born and they start using sleep deprivation to break you.”
    * Ray Romano in Everything and a Kite

“Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.”
    * Anthony Burgess

“Some national parks have long waiting lists for camping reservations. When you have to wait a year to sleep next to a tree, something is wrong.”
    * George Carlin

“I think sleeping was my problem in school. If school had started at four in the afternoon, I’d be a college graduate today.”
    * George Foreman


Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday

  The average U.S. city commuter loses 38 hours a year to traffic delays.

  Wonder why you have to set your clock ahead in March? Daylight Saving Time began as a joke by Benjamin Franklin, who proposed waking people earlier on bright summer mornings so they might work more during the day and thus save candles. It was introduced in the U.K. in 1917 and then spread around the world.

  The Department of Energy estimates that electricity demand drops by 0.5 percent during Daylight Saving Time, saving the equivalent of nearly 3 million barrels of oil.

  By observing how quickly bank tellers made change, pedestrians walked, and postal clerks spoke, psychologists determined that the three fastest-paced U.S. cities are Boston, Buffalo, and New York. The three slowest? Shreveport, Sacramento, and L.A.

  One second used to be defined as one-86-thousand-four-hundreth the length of a day. However, Earth’s rotation isn’t perfectly reliable. Tidal friction from the sun and moon slows our planet and increases the length of a day by 3 milli­seconds per century.

  Weather also changes the day. During El Niño events, strong winds can slow Earth’s rotation by a fraction of a milli­second every 24 hours.

  In 1972 a network of atomic clocks in more than 50 countries was made the final authority on time, so accurate that it takes 31.7 million years to lose about one second. To keep this time in sync with Earth’s slowing rotation, a “leap second” must be added every few years, most recently this past New Year’s Eve.

  The world’s most accurate clock, at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Colorado, measures vibrations of a single atom of mercury. In a billion years it will not lose one second.

  Until the 1800s, every village lived in its own little time zone, with clocks synchronized to the local solar noon. This caused havoc with the advent of trains and timetables. For a while watches were made that could tell both local time and “railway time.” On November 18, 1883, American railway companies forced the national adoption of standardized time zones.

  Einstein showed that gravity makes time run more slowly. Thus airplane passengers, flying where Earth’s pull is weaker, age a few extra nano­seconds each flight.

  There may be an end of time. Three Spanish scientists posit that the observed acceleration of the expanding cosmos is an illusion caused by the slowing of time. According to their math, time may eventually stop, at which point everything will come to a standstill.