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The disadvantages of continuing the concept of Daylights Saving Time

Arushi Mithal, Staff Writer

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The obligation of changing nearly every clock in your house, losing an hour of sleep, and feelings of drowsiness affecting your morning schedule:  by the looks of it, the disadvantages of Daylight Savings Time outweigh potential benefits. For this reason, the plans future legislation to get rid of daylights saving time should not be overlooked, but encouraged. There are numerous petitions and movements whose main goal is to educate more and more people on why Daylight Savings Time is an unnecessary aspect of our lives.

According to “Time Well Spent: a Economic Analysis of Daylight Saving Time Legislation” by  Steve P. Calandrillo and Dustin E. Buehler, “Over the last hundred years, Congress held numerous hearings, collected reports, and received testimony attesting to the benefits and drawbacks of shifting clocks.” The issue of daylights saving time has been a significant problem for Congress for many years, and progress to change current legislation is unfortunately a long and slow process. But if there is more action within organizations against Daylight Savings Time, it will become a more important issue within the government, and we might come closer to passing permanent legislation.

 

Currently, many students, including those of colleges, high school, and middle schools express clear discontent for setting the clocks ahead every year. Sleep is important for all students, especially when stress with homework and studying already cuts sleep time. Many feel it is a waste of time to set our clocks ahead and therefore have unwanted feelings of drowsiness and lethargy. Although researchers argue for the environmental benefits of daylights saving time, the never ending struggle of many people serve to be the main reason why it is in our best interest to outlaw daylights saving time…especially when we’re reporting to school at what our body things is 6:30 in the morning.

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