Spring Forward with Daylight Savings

By Dani Posin, Staff Writer

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Now that Winter has come and gone, and Spring is here, so is a change in everyone’s lives.  Daylight savings requires people to “spring forward,” and set their clocks an hour later, resulting in one lost hour of sleep.  In addition, the sun sets an hour later, keeping the sky bright until much later.

Jeanna Bryner, author from Live Science Managing, said, “The nominal reason for daylight saving time has long been to save energy,” however, Stanton Hadley, a senior researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, stated that, “Lighting is responsible for a smaller chunk of total energy consumption than it was a few decades ago.”  Economically friendly light sources have been created since the birth of Daylight Savings, making the sole reason for setting the clocks forward somewhat useless.  

“I am not in favor of Daylight Savings.  I find it completely inconvenient because it takes my body so long to adjust to the time change,” said Junior Trent Woodman.  Sophomore Maxwell Birch has a different outlook on the topic, “I do not mind losing an hour because it does not make a huge difference in my sleeping schedule.  I really like that it stays bright outside for much longer, giving me time to play outside, and walk my dog after finishing my homework.”

There are many pros and cons to Daylight Savings.  Some people are in favor of sleeping longer and the sun setting earlier, while others do not mind the adjustment in return for brighter days.  Daylight Savings ends November 5, 2017, giving everyone an extra hour of sleep.  

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