Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday. Move your clocks forward an hour before you go to bed Saturday night, even if you don’t want to!
Here’s 5 Reasons Why It’s Time to End DST:
1) Daylight Saving was introduced by Germany in World War I to save electricity costs, and North America adopted it in 1918. The reason was that if people are coordinating the time with the sun, they will have natural daylight when they are awake and not use electricity. Sure, makes sense for 100 years ago, but it doesn’t make as much sense now. People are going to stay awake with or without the sun… probably on Facebook.
2) It actually costs more money: Indiana didn’t adopt Daylight Savings until 2006, so researchers got a good chance to see whether it actually helped the state save on energy costs. Turns out it led to a 1 percent overall increase in consumer electric use, so the whole theory about saving fuel is definitely debunked.
3) Losing Sleep Has Some Pretty Serious Negative Consequences: Health consequences are #1, but additionally, a couple hundred car-related deaths per year are attributed to Daylight Saving Time. It’s not just inconvenient, it’s downright dangerous!
4) It’s Not Universal, Which Is Super Confusing: Today, approximately 70 countries use Daylight Saving Time in at least a portion of the country. Japan, India, and China are the only major industrialized countries that do not observe some form of daylight saving.
5) It Gets Dark Way Too Early: When the clocks fall back, the evenings start earlier and it sucks. Sunshine is hard enough to come by in the winter months, and if it’s already dark by the time you’re leaving work, you’re actually more likely to get Seasonal Affective Disorder because of serotonin deficiency. If the evenings were longer, people could avoid that shock to their hormones that can trigger seasonal depression.