What It Really Means To Permanently Stay On Daylight Saving Time

As we told you, the Senate unanimously approved a bill that would end the twice-yearly changes involving Standard Time and Daylight Saving Time, and while most of the country is welcoming the idea of not losing an hour of sleep each spring, they may not realize what that will actually mean for their life.

Yes, while we will get to experience more daylight at the end of the day, there are downsides to not making the change. The biggest issue is likely going to be the fact that in some areas the sun won’t rise until 8 am or later during winter. In some cases it could be as late as 9:30, which means kids will be catching the bus and going to school in the dark, and many people will be going to work before the sun comes up.

And let’s think about that for holidays. While kids love to wake up on Christmas morning to open presents, on the east coast that may mean waiting until after 8 am for the sun to come up.

So, yes, while we won’t be experiencing darkness at 4:30 pm anymore (at least on the east coast) there will still be plenty of darkness, only in the morning, which could be even more depressing.

  • And FYI: Amid a U.S. energy crisis, in January 1974 Richard Nixon signed into law a bill putting the U.S. on Daylight Saving time for two years. And while initially 79% approved of the idea, after experiencing all that darkness approval dropped to 42% by February and Congress voted to bring back Standard Time by October.

Source: NBC New York


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