Daylight saving bills would allow for more stability

Switching clocks tedious, harmful

Isabel Kjaer

At this point, switching clocks to “spring forward” in March and “fall behind” in November has become automatic for most. However, this switch can cause a brutal change in our internal clocks.

With the new bills in place, we will no longer be forced to adjust every six months. There have been problems since the Uniform Time Act of 1966, according to the Department of Transportation.

According to the Department of Transportation, daylight saving time is useful for reducing energy, by lowering need for lights. However, we can be heavily affected as our bodies adjust to the time. One study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the risk of heart attacks increases during the transition after switching the clock.

Also, the sleep loss by the time change has lead to severe effects, such as an increase in traffic accidents, according to another New England Journal of Medicine study.

While some may say daylight savings increases the amount of sunlight we see, according to a study published in Epidemiology, there is actually a large uptick of depression cases in the month after we change the clocks in the fall.

This all begs the question, is daylight savings really helping?