Daylight Savings: Here to Stay?

Daylight savings time will take place on March 12, 2023 at 2a.m. Daylight savings is what it sounds like: setting the clock forward to maximize daylight.

     In 1918, an act to preserve daylight was enacted in the United States. The Sunshine Protection Act has been a topic of interest for many Americans for years.

     The phrases fall back and spring forward are used to help remember which time change is taking place. In the spring, you lose an hour of daylight.

     According to Mayo Clinic, people should attempt to go to sleep and wake up around the same time as they did before the time change. Mayo Clinic says that doing so helps the body self regulate sleep patterns.

     The American Academy of Sleep Medicine suggests that adults get at least seven hours of sleep, while teenagers need eight. For a more gradual shift, they suggest  people adjust their sleep schedule 10 to 15 minutes earlier for a few nights.

     Many attempts to seal the time change have fallen through in the past. For example, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts want the time change to be permanent, and they have sent the Sunshine Act to the house.

     The United States Senate Passed a bill to make daylight savings permanent, in 2022. However, the bill died.

     For children, the time change may be more difficult to adjust to. Elementary school teachers encounter the effects with their young students.

     Julie Persell, a teacher at Moore Elementary in Cypress, experiences the effects first hand.

“They often fall asleep because their routine is messed up. After about a week they are back like normal,” Persell says. “They are more quick tempered and lethargic.”

     According to The Wall Street Journal, opinion polls show that people want to eliminate falling back and springing forward.

     Adult students who want to find more about better sleep habits can visit Mayo Clinic website.

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