Sunshine Protection Act: Should Our Clocks Spring Forward or Fall Back?

Sunshine Protection Act: Should Our Clocks Spring Forward or Fall Back?

Amelia Keniksman, Staff Writer

As of recently, the government has decided to think about making Daylight Saving time permanent. But before we get to this topic, what exactly is Daylight Saving? Well, originally it was created specifically in the West for the purpose of giving people more daylight even when it was later. This bi-annual clock change has been used by over 70 countries, but has never been used by 2 U.S. states, Alaska and Hawaii. This time is usually better spent then getting another hour of daylight on spring/summer mornings, so Daylight Savings came into existence.

Though this is an important thing that has been known as fact, the Senate is thinking of a change. People have debated whether Daylight Savings or Standard Time is the right choice, but many people, including the Senate, agree that Daylight Saving will be beneficial to the average person. 


A large reason the supporters of daylight savings have that supports the claim that it would benefit us is that the sun setting later can have certain health and economic benefits. Since the sun would set later with daylight savings, the approximate time lights are turned on will decrease. Along with this, most people enjoy spending time outside playing games or going on walks when it isn’t dark and this would allow for more fresh air for most people. 

The time that the sun comes up can change things, but for many people an extra hour after school or work is more appreciated than waking up along with the sunrise.All of the these are needed in our lives and Daylight Savings is supported by most, but there are also some people who make claims on why this change of time for the entire year can negatively affect our bodies.  

Most animals and younger children have a specific time that they get tired and will fall sleep, and daylight savings’ can make them have a rough time going to sleep for weeks after time gets changed. People who want to keep Standard Time as a normal measure of time agree that since our body has its own ‘clock’ system, called our circadian rhythm, that lets us know when we should wake up, sleep, and other things, Standard Time would be more helpful to us. Many studies, including UT Southwestern believe that later sleep times can cause obesity, heart attacks, and  depression. All of the cells in our body keep track of time and if when you sleep, wake up, and become most active during your day changes by an hour in a single day, it is thought that our brain goes through high moments of stress and can cause both disorientation and difficulties with learning and overall cognitive function. All in all, both Standard Time and Daylight Saving time can both beneficially and negatively affect our lives. Since Daylight Saving comes up with more pros than cons and has more overall support, it is likely that we will end up having to switch our clocks an hour late for good.