Depends on how you look at it, but for many of us, changing the clocks, watches and other time-related devices in our lives because of Daylight Saving Time is a royal pain.
If you fall into that category, get ready for the semi-annual headache this weekend. It’s time to "spring forward" after "falling back" in November.
By way of history, Time.com says, “The U.S. implemented Daylight Saving Time on March 19, 1918, with the official reason that setting clocks an hour ahead would save fuel and money. Researchers have found, however, that the practice may fuel the use of energy. According to a 2011 study, electricity consumption grew as much as four percent after some Indiana counties began observing Daylight Saving Time.”
Only two states — Arizona and Hawaii — are not on Daylight Saving Time, but 24 states are now considering bailing out on it, including Texas.
In fact, in our state — where most of the state observes Central Time (CT), while some of its westernmost counties follow Mountain Time (MT) — there is now a bill in the State Legislature — Texas Senate Bill 238 introduced by Sen. Jose Menendez that, if it passes, would allow Texas to opt out of Daylight Saving Time like Arizona and Hawaii.
Here’s the section that matters: SECTION 2. This Act takes effect November 5, 2017, to coincide with the end of daylight saving time for 2017.
So is there actual science behind supporting this Texas resolution or abolishing it nationwide? There sure is. Here’s a peek at some of it that writer, inventor and founder of Blog Mutt, Scott C. Yates lists on his end-daylight-saving-time website, even including his sources where you can see it for yourself.
• Heart attacks go up because of the clock change. (New England Journal of Medicine, Sleep Medicine Journal)
• There's no increased risk to children in rural areas. (American Journal of Public Health)
• Traffic accidents spike on the Monday after "Spring Forward." (American Economic Association, New England Journal of Medicine)
• Workplace injuries go up. (Journal of Applied Psychology)
• Staying in DST will improve traffic safety in the winter months, and there is no increased risk to students waiting for school buses. (Journal of Safety Research)
• Permanent DST saves energy. (U.S. Department of Energy)
• Permanent DST helps in the fight against childhood obesity. (Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity and Journal of Physical Activity and Health)
• Workplace productivity goes down because of the clock changes. (Journal of Applied Psychology)
• Permanent DST will help decrease air pollution. (Journal of the Air & Waste Management Assn. and Steve Spangler Science)
• Clock-changing harms relationships. (Wall St. Journal, citing several studies)
• Clock-changing brings harsher sentences from judges. (Psychological Science)
• Getting rid of clock changing will make the stock market perform better. (Journal of Psychological Reports)
• Staying in DST all year can save wildlife. (The Royal Society Biology Letters)
Yates takes this very seriously; he even has a Model Resolution available on his site for people to introduce legislation to end Daylight Saving Time. You can find his website at at tinyurl.com/DaylightSavingTimeEnd.
Anyway, unless you want to be late for work, or that hot date, you need to spring forward an hour at 2 a.m. Sunday or before going to bed Saturday night.