Thursday, March 17, 2016

Thursday, March 17, 2016
On Sunday, March 13 at precisely 2:00 a.m., you lost an hour of sleep. This can be a pretty serious case considering that the United States is one of the most sleep deprived countries in the world.

Many sleep deprivation related accidents were reported the morning after. According to, in the first six days of daylight saving time, deaths spiked at 302 resulting in related costs of $2.75 billion over a 10-year period.

Many skeptics say that we shouldn't even have daylight savings time; they say the negative effects outweigh anything positive that could ever even come out of this time change.

I for one disagree with this perspective for many reasons. First of all, you have to know the history of daylight savings time. It has been around for a very long time, as it was used by ancient peoples to take full advantage of the sunlight throughout the day.

Daylight savings was used by Germany, France, and Britain during wartimes to save energy for the war effort. According to, the United States even adopted this time policy during the World War II from 1942 to 1945.

It is a great way to take advantage of the most sunlight we can get and reduce the amount of energy we spend lighting our buildings.

I personally have experienced a increase in the quality of my life when daylight savings time goes into effect. Throughout the winter time, I usually wake up and go right to school or whatever I have planned to do that day.

Once finishing what needs to be done, I head outside only to see that I have just missed the sun and that it is now completely dark outside. I tend to lose sight of my goals and ideals during this time, I become lazy, tired, and overeat unhealthy food.

However, once daylight savings time starts I can go outside and experience the wonderful world in which I live. I begin to lose weight, feel better, have an incredible increase in energy and happiness, and my life begins to have meaning again.

I attribute this to an increase of vitamin D. Vitamin D is actually a steroid hormone commonly naturally absorbed by our bodies from sunlight. According to, a deficiency of this vitamin can cause levels of serotonin to drop. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is involved in the control of pain perception, the sleep-wake cycle, and mood.

People lacking serotonin are commonly depressed or are prone to anxiety and are prescribed antidepressants. This proves to me that a lack of sunlight can have devastating emotional effects on a person's body and that daylight savings time is very valuable.

In conclusion, as a solution to the post daylight savings time deaths, I propose we make daylight savings time regular time once and keep it that way year round to avoid dangerous transitions, while at the same time making the most use of the daylight we have, and saving energy.

If we do this, people will be much more happy and healthy, the environment will be much less effected by human consumption of energy resources, and there will be no more dangerous daylight savings transition accidents.


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