If you’re one of many people other there who lives in a state or area that still observes Daylight Savings Time, it comes to an end at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7. And I would hopefully wish our government, now that the infrastructure bill is taken care of, do something about it.
November is Men’s Mental Health Awareness month and it doesn’t help when the sun goes down around 5 p.m. and doesn’t come up for another 13-14 hours for several months. It’s like most of America decides to live like its in northern Scandinavia for about five months. Then, we get the really jolt in March when we end up losing one hour of sleep while we’ve spent the last few months trying to readjust our bodies.
Why do we still do this? What purpose does it serve anymore?
The myth has been that helps farmers during the warmer months, but this isn’t true. Farmers/ranchers work long hours regardless of whether there is sunlight out or not.
DST has come out of the energy crisis of the 1970s. Well, considering that it’s been a while since that happened, I think we need to do away with it. One argument for DST is that kids are waiting for the bus in the dark in the mornings. Well, that’s why we need to start school days later. Schools start around 8ish because of their parents’ work schedules even though it’s been studied that some kids are slow to learn in classes first thing. And a lot of parents’ work schedules have changed since the 1970s. Some of them work overnight or go to work in the mid-morning or afternoon hours. Add the switching of the fake clocks with the students’ body clocks and I’m sure school grades drop even with some of the brightest students.
So, can we just stop this? Ok, we still got to deal with the sun being out till almost 9 p.m. during the summer, but wouldn’t you like to have more of the sun during the summer. That’s because the Earth’s tilt is closest to the sun. And while it sucks taking a nap on an afternoon and walking up around 8 at night and not knowing what the hell day it is, we have air conditioners to cool us better now, unless you live mostly in Texas.
Even though I don’t work a regular 9-5 job now, I did for many years. And I hated leaving work just after 5 p.m. and it’s freaking dark. But usually my job duties at the newspaper, had me leaving work closer to 7 p.m. some nights. Yet it sucks leaving work at a certain hour and feeling like it’s later than it actually is.
Worse, all the people who have to commute have to commute when it’s darker out. And if you are used to turning in earlier, then, you’re still having to readjust your body clock while you’re commuting from work while very tired and sleepy. Traffic accidents increase around the switching of the clocks.
We shouldn’t be relying on something that probably was started just to last a few years, but now it’s been almost five decades. And everyone hates it. There’s no point in keeping it going. Call your state legislators and Congressmembers. If we can’t get this changed on a national level, let’s do it on a state level to it’s time we have to do it across the country.
What do you think? Please comment.