by Nutsa Javakhadze
Image Via Pexels
On Monday, March 11th, U.S Representative Rob Bishop announced a bill that would give individual states the freedom to choose if they want to be on daylight savings or standard time year round. According to Bishop, this will help people fight the feeling of grogginess they experience when they first switch to daylights savings time after a period of not using it.
Although states are given a choice, the majority of them, including Utah, will most likely choose the more popular option – starting daylight savings time in the spring, and continuing through summer and part of fall, and then going back to standard time for the other part of the year.
Marsha Judkins, a Republican representative from Provo who is in support of the bill, said that this year there were more than 60 bills in over 30 states addressing the issue of setting the clocks forward and back.
“Changing our clocks has a very detrimental impact on us,” she said. “It affects our health, our psychological health, and our society, our productivity.”
Sleep scientists suggest getting rid of daylight savings. The National Sleep Foundation said that people aged 13-18 need at least 8 hours of sleep, with 10 hours being the ideal amount.
According to University of Utah sleep expert, Kelly Glazer Baron, who is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, loss of sleep impacts a teenager’s performance in school and their alertness on the road.
“Teenagers need even more sleep than adults.” she said.
Some people are opposed to this potential change for two reasons: one – in their opinion, changing clocks isn’t really time-consuming, and two – most people get different amounts of sleep night-to-night anyways, so losing an hour or two to daylight savings time wouldn’t really make much of a difference.
President Trump tweeted that he is ‘OK with making Daylight Savings permanent,’ but Congress has yet to decide where it stands on the issue.
Some students at Rockwell aren’t so happy about the custom.
“It’s annoying to switch back the clocks,” said Rockwell junior Sierra Maldonado. “It throws people off.”
Aside from being annoying, some feel it isn’t necessary anymore.
“It is an outdated practice and although it used to be necessary, it is not anymore,” said Rockwell sophomore Kane Webb. “We need to move on and start using things that are actually useful to us now.”