OUR VIEW: Daylight Savings Time year-round? Why not?
Published 11:00 am Saturday, May 15, 2021
Everything in our life is based around time. It depends on when we get up, when we go to work, when we pick up our kids, when we eat lunch, when we go to bed — literally everything. Nothing is more valuable, as our time on this world is limited and becomes whatever we make it, and none of us know how long our lifetimes will last.
So, call us fascinated every year when the Daylight Savings Time discussion comes up in states around the country and at the federal level. Georgia passed a permanent Daylight Savings Time bill a few weeks ago, and Alabama just passed one this week. Many other states have done the same.
Of course, those decisions mean little until Congress decides to do the same and right now, at a time where Democrats and Republicans can’t agree on anything, it’s difficult for us to see that happening.
But the more we consider the advantages to Daylight Savings Time, the more we think a year-round time change makes a lot of sense.
We know that not everyone works an 8 to 5 shift, but a lot of people do and would benefit from more daylight hours. During the fall and winter, the early 5 p.m. nights can be depressing. Mix that in with cold weather, and you have a time of year where people don’t get a lot of exercise, end up spending a lot of time indoors and rarely see the sunshine.
If Daylight Savings Time was continued all year, those early nightfalls would be pushed back one extra hour.
There’d also be no mid-year time change to worry about, which throws all of our circadian clocks off.
The change has been proven to lead to more heart attacks, health problems in general and car wrecks as people adjust.
But what if we didn’t have to do that every year? What if Daylight Savings Time was the only time?
What’s the downside? We’re sure there are some we aren’t considering, but would it really be so bad to get up while it’s still dark outside for an additional portion of the year? Do we really need the sun to come up as we’re eating breakfast?
We understand it might make life more challenging for farmers, but they’d probably adjust to stick by the sun’s schedule, just as they do during the time of year where we are under Daylight Savings Time currently.
The pros seemingly outweigh the cons.
More sun? Check. More time to enjoy time outdoors after work? Check. Seems like a win-win.