Everyone I’ve ever talked to agrees on this one notion: we shouldn’t allow the clocks to fall back anymore.
In case you weren’t aware, tomorrow at 2 am daylight saving time (DST) will end and the clocks will “fall” back 1 hour. Put another way, the sun will both rise and set an hour earlier.
However, you might hear people say, “we need to cancel daylight saving time!”, but this wording is very wrong. As I’ve learned recently, we don’t need to cancel DST. On the contrary, we need to keep DST instead of falling back to our “regular time” during this time of year. We need to save the daylight!
Personally, I’d rather have more sun later into the day than more sunlight in the morning. Especially in this COVID world we live in, I think it would be really nice to have an extra hour of sunlight once most people finish school or work. We need more sun in our lives, not less.
It also has health implications. From a scientific standpoint, the falling back of the clocks (and even when we spring forward) creates a number of health problems both physical and mental. Here is an excerpt from a Psychology Today article on these health downfalls:
Studies report that falling back to gain one hour of daylight in the autumn months causes reductions in sleep and increases rates of cardiac issues, stroke, cortisol production, and vehicular accidents…
However, one of the most salient findings regarding DST is the negative effect it has on mood, particularly in the northern latitudes of the earth. For those of us who live with depression, this time of year requires us to practice self-care to offset the lack of feel-good sunlight.Deborah Serani Psy.D., Psychology Today
There’s no reason that the United States should still be using a system like DST that was ultimately started as a way to save us energy during WWII (which studies have shown that the energy-saving tends to be a wash). We should stop falling back. In fact, there’s immense benefits to keeping DST such as higher productivity and lower rates of traffic-related deaths.
I know what you might be thinking… Jonah, there’s much more important things going on! Why are you talking about this 3 days before the most important election of our lifetimes?
Look, I get it. There’s MUCH more important matters going on in our world today. Particularly in three days on November 3 (which reminds me to tell you: get out and VOTE).
But I really think a future where we don’t need to turn back the clocks would make for a much better (and happier) country!
Cheers to saving the daylight,