Daylight saving a double-edged sword

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- How can the bells of Saint Michael's Episcopal Cathedral in Boise be tolling 11 o'clock when just last week at this exact time they tolled 10 o'clock ?

The answer of course is daylight saving time which crept up on us Sunday when we all lost an hour of sleep.

"I can live without it," said Christy Lupien of Boise. "My dog's feeding schedule...gets all messed up. I don't need it."

"I'm not used to getting up early or going to bed late," said Janet Briggs of Boise. " When I get up in the morning, it's dark. I don't like it."

It gets confusing.

For example, the clock in Ann Morrison Park says 9:30 a.m when it's actually 10:30 a.m.

How creepy is that?

Deb Mercy with St. Luke's Sleep Institute says daylight saving time can indeed mess us up.

"Having less sleep does make people more tired," she said, "and does put people at risk for all sorts of problems, lack of attention, car accidents."

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, traffic accidents are eight and a half percent more common on the first Monday of daylight saving time.

And heart attacks are more likely the first week we spring forward, according to the journal Sleep Medicine.

No wonder more than 21,000 people are petitioning the White House to do away with the yearly time change.

And...well, um...I was going to say something really profound here.

But I forgot what I was thinking about. Got distracted, you know. Kind of tired. Hmm.

Guess I'll just sleep on it.