This Sunday, at 2 a.m., get ready to set your clock ahead one hour, lose that hour of sleep, and “spring forward.” Actually, most people don’t want to.
According to a new YouGov survey, 54% of Americans are so unenthusiastic about the twice-yearly changing of the clocks that they would support the eradication of daylight saving time altogether.
In fact, more and more states agree and daylight saving time is more and more unpopular, with more states introducing legislation to ban it.
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Florida recently enabled a vote to have rid themselves of daylight saving time, in a bill called the “Sunshine Protection Act,” and voters in California legislator will soon vote on legislation for the same thing, called “permanent daylight saving time.”
This year, Idaho, Washington, Texas, and Oregon proposed legislation to not observe daylight saving time. Arkansas has filed a resolution, as state representative Sarah Capp wrote on her Facebook page, “to encourage Congress to allow [all] states to decide to “spring forward” and never again “fall back.”
Daylight saving time has a 100-year history in the United States. It was used in America during the two World Wars but was stopped after the end of each war. There was no federal law on daylight saving time from 1945 to 1966, and localities chose whether or not to observe it. In 1967, the Uniform Time Act made daylight saving time federally mandated, with states allowed to opt out – daylight saving time is not observed in Hawaii or Arizona.
For the states proposing legislation to get rid of it, some make an argument for its antiquities and misconceptions.
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Lyle Larson, a member of the Texas House of Representatives, wrote that the “risk of heart attack increases 10% in the days following springing forward, most likely caused by sleep deprivation and the interruption of biological rhythms, according to researchers. Studies also indicate that we are less productive, more likely to get sick, and just simply exhausted in the days following the time change.”
Daylight saving is plain outdated, argued an Arkansas state representative.
“Daylight saving time is a World War I-era initiative that aimed to conserve energy and reduce fuel costs. For a nation on a war footing in the early 20th century, this made sense,” Arkansas state representative Sarah Capp wrote on her Facebook page. “However, the year is now 2019 and we live in a much different time.”
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