If you’re feeling a little off this morning, you’re not alone; Count our David Pogue among those still trying to understand daylight saving time…
Here are three fun facts about Daylight Saving Time!
First of all, it was not invented by Benjamin Franklin. He wrote a letter to the editor in 1784, complaining about people who sleep before sunrise. “To wake up the lazy, fire a cannon in every street,” he wrote.
It was a joke, people!
He also suggested taxing people who close their shutters in the morning, and putting a limit on how many candles you can buy. a joke.
Second fun fact: The actual inventor was New Zealand entomologist, George Vernon Hudson, who wanted more daylight to hunt insects. he suggested 2 hour Change in every season. be thankful!
And the third fun fact? It is actually daylight saving time. No savings. It’s like a “money-saving coupon” or a “life-saving treatment.” And yet, oddly enough, we don’t use a hyphen. (Okay, maybe that fact was not super fun.)
Anyway, the idea behind Daylight Saving Time is to change the time we wake up, go to work, come home and go to bed, so that we have more daylight hours at the end of the day. Children can go outside and play; Older people can shop.
The trouble is, shifting our schedules like this is a body-clock disaster. Study after study shows links to more heart attacks and strokes, more car accidents, more workplace injuries, more deer attacks, more headaches, more depressive episodes, and lower SAT scores.
And perhaps the worst part is that every time you switch, the TV viewership goes down!
Basically, you’re jet-lagging yourself twice a year. no wonder, So, in the same year, the Senate passed a bill called the “Sunshine Protection Act” that would make daylight saving time permanent. In a bipartisan vote!
Florida Republican Marco Rubio, who introduced the bill, told the Senate, “I know it’s not the most important issue facing America, but it’s one of those issues where there’s a lot of consensus.”
So, yes, let’s make Daylight Saving Time permanent. i can’t think Anyone Who would object!
David’s son, Jeffrey: “Yeah, but you don’t have to go to school in pitch-black, Dad!”
David: “Well, I can think of a few people.”
Honestly, from a health standpoint, the best idea is not to make Daylight Saving Time permanent; making it standard Time Standing! Standard time is best correlated with the cycle of the Sun and your body clock. Sunrise wakes you up, and sunset makes you sleepy.
Either way, the House has shown no interest in taking on the Senate bill. So, for now, we’re going to end our sleep twice a year.
So, enjoy your extra hour tonight; You will pay for it in March.
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Story produced by Amol Mhatre; Editor: Chad Cardin.