Opinion

Daylight Saving Time is damaging

Daylight Saving should be abolished.

Springing forward and falling back does not only mess up our sleep schedules at least two days every year, but also
mentally drains us.

When we spring forward, we change our clocks from 1 a.m. to 2 a.m. and miss an hour of the night.

This can make it difficult for us to feel well rested on this one night, and make it nearly impossible to fall asleep at the
correct time for the following week or month.

The amount of sunlight we receive each day is the most powerful regulator of our circadian rhythm.

Having less of this sunlight in the morning makes it more difficult for our bodies to wake up.

Having more sunlight at night makes it more difficult for our bodies to fall asleep.

This spring forward leads to less overall sleep and sleep deprivation.

Anyone who has been sleep deprived may recognize that feeling of slowed thinking, reduced attention span, worsened memory, risky decision making, lack of energy and mood changes.

A medical report in MDPI Clinical Medicine Volume 8 Issue 3 states that people have a high risk of heart attack
after both time changes.

It is true that falling back gives you a chance to catch up on lost sleep for one night, but that is the only good thing.

Falling back causes the sunrise and sunset to be an hour earlier than normal.

During the winter, the sun already sets later every day that passes.

By falling back, we, as a society, are encouraging less daylight during the day.

Having less daylight during the hours we are awake is asking for more crimes to happen.

Crimes such as murder, break-ins and robberies are more likely to occur when it is dark outside.

The decrease in daylight can also lead to seasonal depression for many people.

With the pandemic still happening, people are spending more time indoors and getting less Vitamin D in their bodies.\

Low levels of Vitamin D are linked to bad moods, poor attitudes, depression, as well as fatigue, muscle pain and
weakened bones.

These emotional states in one person can influence the emotional states in others when hanging out, texting, or
communicating in any way.

There are people who may be affected that are not you.

People who have diagnosed or undiagnosed depression are likely to be hit hard, come time for the dark.

College students who have in-person classes at night are not going to concentrate the same as before—when the
sun was in sky.

Even the poor workers who have the night shift on daylight savings have an extra hour thrown into their shift, but the
clock looks as if nothing happened.

But why was Daylight Saving Time started in the first place?

It was originally started in the German Empire in 1916 to conserve coal during wartime.

Daylight Saving Time was then replicated and widely adopted by America in the 1970s because of the 1970s
energy crisis.

By springing forward, households were using less lighting.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Americans shaved off about one percent of electricity each day
in the summer of 1975.

As an example, Indiana was one of the states which refused to change until 2005.

The government estimated that the state would save over seven million dollars with the time change. Instead, the state spent more than eight million dollars more compared to the year prior.

Daylight Saving is no longer saving us sunlight or money, so I ask you: why are we still doing it?

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