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Is Daylight Savings Really Necessary?

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On Sunday, November 4th, we gained an extra hour for something called daylight savings. But what exactly is daylight savings?

Every year, in fall, we set our clocks back an hour, ‘gaining’ that hour, to mark the beginning of daylight savings. Then, in spring, we set it forward an hour, ‘losing’ that hour, to mark the end of daylight savings. Daylight savings was introduced so people could make a better use of the day while the sun was still out. This helped to save energy. About forty percent of countries use daylight savings. However, I find the idea of daylight savings useless. If people really want to see more sunlight, they could just simply wake up earlier. Here are some of the many reasons why daylight savings is bad:

Daylight savings ruins everyone’s sleeping schedule. According to bestlifeonline.com, “The biggest complaint about Daylight Saving Time is, undeniably, the hour of sleep it costs us. However, what many people don’t realize is how pervasive the effects of that loss of sleep actually are. Research published in Sleep Medicine Reviews reveals that the single hour of sleep lost during Daylight Saving Time can actually prompt a pattern of total sleep deprivation that’s not readily made up for, making us crankier, reducing our mental acuity, and making us less healthy overall in the long run.” It is obvious that if you lose an hour of sleep, you become more tired. On the other side, if you gain an hour you won’t be tired the first morning but your sleep schedule will get messed up. Also, a lot of people don’t even get enough sleep in the first place! Another hour lost would make a huge difference to them.

Daylight savings actually doesn’t help to save electricity. People actually wind up using more energy during daylight savings. According to bestlifeonline.com, “While it may seem counterintuitive, you’re likely to see your utility bills go up during Daylight Saving Time. According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, we actually use more energy after we switch to Daylight Saving Time than when we fall back, and pay more as a result.” The whole purpose of daylight savings was to save energy, but because of air-conditionings, TVs, and computers people will always use a lot of electricity. This defeats the meaning of daylight savings time.

Productivity is lowered for awhile after daylight savings ends. According to procon.org, “The Monday after the spring time change is called “Sleepy Monday,” because it is one of the most sleep-deprived days of the year. [23] The week after the spring DST time change sees an increase in ‘cyber-loafing’ (employees wasting time on the internet) because they’re tired.” If productivity is lowered, businesses won’t do as well. This could have a lot of negative effects. Also, as a student, I can’t focus on any of my classwork when I’m tired. Neither could many of my friends. This is especially bad when the teacher is going over a topic that’ll be on our next test.

In my opinion, we should not have daylight savings time.

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Is Daylight Savings Really Necessary?