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Monday, November 7, 2022

Daylight Saving Time is Over in 2022. Why Scientists Hate It (you should too!)

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Normally I don't demand you trust the science, but this is intuitive.

Hey, Americans: How did you wake up this morning? Was it nice to rise with the sunlight instead of in the darkness? Did you feel more refreshed versus a week ago? While a good morning's wake won't replace the value of how you get a good night's sleep, it is the last step before getting up, and it's commonly overlooked.

When the awful Daylight Saving Time first began in 2022, I wrote an article advocating for year-round Standard Time. Immediately after that, the United States Senate passed a bill—without any debate and seemingly by accident—to make Daylight Saving Time year-round and permanent nation-wide.

Fortunately, the House of Representatives hasn't done the same thing, so the bill is stuck in limbo and will expire at the end of the legislative session at the end of the year. People reflexively dislike lobbyists and the thought of lobbyists doing their job, but it's thanks to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine lobbying the House and actually sharing facts on the dangers of Daylight Saving Time and the superiority of Standard Time that America isn't in a worse time right now (or would be next year). Lobbyists aren't inherently bad—though there are some business interests who ARE on the pro-permanent-DST side, and they're much better-funded than scientists. With that written, check out this video from the Save Standard Time advocacy group:




(The video promises it's one of a series, but the rest of the series doesn't seem to have been uploaded yet.)

It turns out when you there is more daylight in the morning hours and when kids get on the school bus and are able to see in front of them, things are better off. The key is that Daylight Saving Time is a government-invented concept to try to time travel and shift the fabric of society away from the natural circadian rhythm of your body in accordance to when the sun actually goes up. The body is affected by that (and can't adapt to it), and the disparity causes a number of health issues.


Once upon a time, in 2019, Europe voted to ditch Daylight Saving Time to go into effect in 2021. That still has not happened. That's because they're working on allegedly more important things, like dealing with war on their continent and Brexit. Perhaps they would have more time to deal with issues if they stopped “springing forward” with Daylight Saving Time. As for the United States, states already can live in Standard Time without federal approval... so more states should do so. Here's some draft legislative language to help make that happen on the state level.


Your life should feel better under Standard Time. Some things will change besides the clock and your sleep, however, including that Splatoon 3's two-hour rotations will also occur on a different hour. Whether you like that or not is a matter of preference, but in terms of the science, there's a clear winner.


Here is KoopaTV's post-DST-ending article in 2021.

2 comments :

  1. Hey, I've been with you for years on this one. Heck, I'd settle for them at least extending the period not within DST.

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    1. No, I wouldn't settle for them maintaining clock-switching!

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