Daylight Savings Sucks

There is one proposed bill is set to rescue us from springing forward and falling back


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Daylight savings, the most joyous time of the year. It’s right before spring officially commences where we spring forward – a term used to describe the one hour shift ahead in time. The same thing happens during the fall. I’m sick of it.

Every morning the day after daylight savings time, there is always a familiar feeling of waking up tired or waking up in the middle of the night feeling as if I have been sleeping for a decade.

If only there was a bill that could change this to put an end to this misery forever. Luckily for us, there is. A week ago, the Senate approved a bill to put an end to daylight savings time permanently. The bill aims to end the twice-changing time beginning in November 2023.

For many like me that wait is far too long. My main issue is springing forward where we lose an hour of sleep and awake to a dark gloomy sky as our body screams for more sleep. Falling back during the fall may be one of the best times ever as we receive an extra hour of sleep.

Falling back may be one of the positive things about daylight savings time. Aside from the positive, there are some negative effects of daylight saving time. Researchers have found that when we “spring forward” there is an increase in irregular hospital visits, with people reporting issues such as heart attacks and strokes.

Other safety concerns such as an increase in vehicular accidents also tend to see a sharp rise when we spring forward. This safety reason alone is why senators are attempting to officially put an end to daylight savings.

Think of it this way, if the bill,Sunshine Protection Act, passes, we won’t have to constantly change our clocks every spring and fall. Most of the U.S., with the exception of Arizona and Hawaii, follows the standard daylight savings time.

It begs the question: is time really real? If Arizona and Hawaii don’t follow daylight savings time, then what is the point of springing forward and falling back? The only real difference most of us can think of is gaining an hour of sleep and losing one.

So, what comes next? Well, while the Sunshine Protection Act makes its way to the House of Representatives and has yet to pass before heading to President Biden’s desk for official approval, we are unfortunately left to deal with the struggles of managing during this time.

Daylight savings has to be one of the most disappointing and most annoying times out of the whole year alongside Valentine’s Day. Setting that negative tone aside – thanks summer time – there are some benefits surrounding such a time.

As a person who enjoys spending time outdoors with friends, I feel that daylight savings should be removed. With summer time being set to stay with us forever, having enough daylight in a day to get things done around the house or in my case, finally read all those books I bought and haven’t read yet.

Some supporters hoping to make daylight saving time permanent have argued that the extra daylight can increase mood and has shown to reduce crime. While that may or may not be true we can’t ignore the annoyance of losing and gaining sleep two times a year.

If California decided to follow in Arizona and Hawaii’s footsteps in choosing not to spring forward and fall back every year, it would make life so much easier. To put into perspective, imagine having to see your annoying family member two times a year with each year being worse than the last, all while you’re silently screaming for them to leave.

Another example would be having your own personal energy vampire that comes to drain you of your sleep and energy twice a year with the effects lasting for days. Daylight savings should be officially ended.

There’s no point in having to spring forward and fall back every year. My question is, why can’t we stick to just one standard time? Why must we be subjected to switching between time when the only real difference is the amount of daylight we have in a day and the amount of sleep we receive.

We should get rid of daylight saving time and stick to only one “standard time” as the effects of constantly switching back and forth between them can actually get in the way of someone’s health.

We can do better. I have not met one person who enjoys having to switch between two “time” differences every year. When it comes to daylight saving time there are no winners. The real key to ending this horrible cycle is our lawmakers. Please spare us.