It’s that time of year again when most of America will enjoy an extra hour of sleep as the clocks go back to 2 a.m. Sunday. But the pace is building to make the twice-annual tradition a thing of the past.
aA March study found that nearly eight out of 10 Americans want to stop changing their clocks twice a year.
Brandi Alexander, whose daughter rides on the school bus when it is dark, is one of them.
“It’s worrying to cross the street with him, the cars can’t see him and the other kids crossing the street,” Alexander said.
Every March, the clocks advance for Daylight Saving Time. Every November, they return to Standard Time. Research has shown that changing clocks has an impact on productivity and mental and physical health.
Earlier this year, the Senate passed the Sunshine Protection Act, making daylight saving time permanent. But the bill is stuck in the House.
If Daylight Saving Time becomes permanent, the sun will not rise in Detroit, Michigan until after January 9. This means that people will be going to work and sending children to school in the dark.
Jane Terry, vice president of government affairs at the National Security Council, who supports ending the time-changing ritual but sticks to standard time, says, “It really messes with our internal systems.”
“Our body’s rhythm aligns with the Sun, and that’s standard time—what we’re going to do this weekend,” Terry said.
Almost every state has proposed or passed legislation to end the ritual of turning around time. But for now, most states will have to keep changing the clocks until the Congress changes its mind.