Daylight Wasting Time

Brittney Gano, Editor

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Daylight Saving Time: A wonderful extra hour of shuteye when time falls back an hour in the fall, and a dreadful loss of one when it springs forward in March. It’s during these two times each year when we are jet-lagged without the jet and thrown off our internal sleep clocks for up to a week after.  

This bi-yearly tradition occurs in many countries and 48 of the U.S.’s 50 states. It is also commonly known as Daylight Saving(s) Time, Daylight Shifting, and Summer Time in the UK. Every area around the world that partakes does so differently, but they all have one thing in common: the destruction of our sleep schedules. One hour doesn’t seem so bad until it hits and you wake up groggy for almost a week after. 

So why do it? During his timeBenjamin Franklin proposed the idea in order to make better use out of working during daylight hours. His idea, though, was blown aside until many years after his passing. Once the idea was finally taken seriously, it began to cause major issues for airlines because almost everyone was following different rules until the government stepped in and took control. It’s now a state-by-state decision to observe daylight saving time, two of which decided not to partake. 

Hawaii and most parts of Arizona don’t change their clocks twice yearly to comply with Daylight Saving, and they might be onto something. Studies have shown that the one-hour change creates a 6.3% increase in fatal vehicle accidents through the week after and makes way for an entire seven days of grumpiness before everyone adjusts. Many people are often late to important events and meetings up to the week after. 

Daylight Saving Time may be a good way to remember when to change the batteries in your smoke detector, but the changes in sleep patterns, traffic issues, and number of people who are late to meetings after the time sets back just aren’t worth the hassle.