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Let there be light, but not in the morning – The Oracle

A permanent switch to summer time would eliminate the inconvenience of changing clocks twice a year. SPECIAL AT ORACLE/FLICKR/RAASIEL

Call your congressmen, call your congresswomen – we need to make daylight saving time (DST) permanent. It’s time to move past the outdated clock change and step into the unique new era.

As representatives in the Legislative Assembly weigh Sun Protection Law that fell on them after a unanimous vote in the Senate on March 15, we can recognize the magnitude of this moment.

No more “one less hour of sleep” losses or “one more hour of sleep” wins. Simply a happy return to the days before the First World War. The Sunshine Protection Act will enforce daylight saving time for the entire year.

Daylight saving time was introduced during World War I to promote energy conservation. With more natural light throughout the day, less electricity had to be used. However, a 2008 Report to Congress found that extending DST had little effect on power consumption, making it unnecessary.

However, this permanent change to daylight saving time means that mornings can be dark in winter.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) stated its position, opting for year-round standard time rather than year-round daylight saving time as proposed in the Sun Protection Act.

AASM’s concerns about mood swings, children going to school in the dark, and disrupted circadian rhythms resulting from daylight saving time should be considered alongside benefits such as reduction in crime and traffic accidents.

More importantly, the benefits of not changing clocks twice a year cannot be quantified. It was undoubtedly the boredom of backtracking and leaping forward that drove this bill through Congress.

“Senator Rubio’s Sun Protection Act would eliminate clocks from changing to standard time for those four months,” said Sen. Marco Rubio. sun protection law page noted.

Let’s completely avoid the boredom of changing times. A few months of discomfort in Congress to pass the Sunshine Protection Act is worth the comfort that will follow. For all of us, make daylight saving time permanent.