Twice a year, we have to go around our houses and change the time on all of our clocks. Not only is it a pain, it’s also very unnecessary.
Daylight Saving Time is something that people have been petitioning to get rid of for years. Now there’s a chance that it might actually happen. Countries all over the world are finally cutting daylight saving loose due to its futility.
Daylight Saving Time isn’t completely useless. It does have some perks, but the cons still outweigh. Daylight Saving Time first began around World War I. The German government began to search for ways to save energy, and they did this by implementing Daylight Saving Time. Some of the advantages include having an extra hour of sleep, the sun sets later and energy consumption is minimized, but this only applies depending on the time of year.
Typically, you lose an hour every year on the second Sunday of March, and you gain an hour on the first Sunday of November.
Since 2015, over 200 bills have been introduced in attempts to make Daylight Saving Time permanent. This is so that people wouldn’t have to change their clocks twice a year.
Since then, over a dozen states have pushed for legislation to have year-round Daylight Saving Time. Regardless, it is up to the federal government to make this change. A federal statute is required for any changes to be made by the states. This is because the time is set by the Uniform Time Act.
The Sunshine Protection Act of 2021 was recently re-introduced as a bill, and if the Senate were to pass the bill it would finally put an end to standard time and the U.S. would go by Daylight Saving Time (DST).
Many countries across the world such as Russia and Argentina have already cut seasonal time changes loose. Daylight Saving Time has also been proven to negatively impact our bodies in many ways.
Daylight Saving Time is known to disrupt and lead to the misalignment of your biological/circadian rhythms. There have also been high rates of heart attacks the week after time changes.
It also affects people’s daily lives. It makes getting up for work and school much harder.
“Daylight Saving Time is not really all that important. I think it just causes more unnecessary problems for people who work certain jobs with weird hours,” senior Lizzie Earhart said. “It just doesn’t seem useful, and the winter is so unenjoyable because it gets dark outside so early.”
If the federal government were to adopt year-round Daylight Saving Time, the sunrise and sunset times would look very different across each state.
States like Massachusetts could have sunsets starting around 4 a.m., whereas other parts of the country could experience 8 a.m. sunrises.
Although this may seem odd, it is arguably better than your health being affected and having to manually change your clocks twice a year.
“I don’t really mind Daylight Saving Time, but I would rather have days with longer periods of sunlight because doing stuff in the winter is literally impossible,” junior Mateo Carrasco.
There is a high chance of the Sunshine Protection Act of 2021 being passed since both Democratic and Republican lawmakers have stood in support for the bill.
The bill would entirely negate standard time and seasonal clock changes would forever be eliminated.
It’s time that Daylight Saving Time is put to rest because nobody enjoys it when the sun sets at 5 p.m., even if it means getting an extra hour of sleep.