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History—and drawbacks—of Daylight Saving Time

Posted at 4:30 PM, Mar 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-11 18:30:42-04

Daylight Saving Time: a time of year that some people look forward to and others dread.

Daylight Saving Time started in the U.S. in 1918 but was repealed in 1919 because it was so unpopular. States had the option to continue it until World War II when President Roosevelt implemented it from 1942 to 1945.

The U.S. Department of Transportation conducted a study in 1970 which led people to believe that Daylight Saving Time saved energy; however, this was disproved by a University of California, Santa Barbara study which proved that there was a 1 percent rise in demand for energy in early spring and late fall.

Daylight Saving Time not only causes issues with your clock in the living room but can impact the natural clock inside of you, as well.

When we lose an hour of sleep from our normal schedule, it affects our ability to concentrate. This increases the chance of getting into a motor vehicle accident or having a heart attack or stroke, but there are benefits to the time change.

“More sun gives us the opportunity to exercise after we go to work, and it’s easier to drive in the sun. So long term with the time change, it’s less likely you’ll get in a motor vehicle crash as you’re driving home from work, so those are tradeoffs,” Dr. James Osmanski, Director of Sleep Medicine Services at Bozeman Health.

Not everyone observes daylight saving Time, The states of Arizona and Hawaii abolished it after the Uniform Time Act was passed in 1966 which these states to do so.

Clocks will spring forward at 2 a.m. Sunday.

Reporting by Carson Vickroy for MTN News