Clock Confusion: The Fight to Ditch Daylight Saving Time 

11th March, 2024


That biannual time change is back! But the debate over whether to keep Daylight Saving Time (DST) rages on, with more states pushing for change.

What is Daylight Saving Time?

Brief History: Introduced to save energy, its original purpose is now debated. Pros: Longer evenings in summer, potential (but disputed) energy savings. Cons: Sleep disruption, increased health risks (short-term), and general inconvenience. 

The Sunshine Protection Act

What it Does: Passed by the Senate in 2022, this act would make DST permanent nationwide. Why It's Controversial: Some prefer permanent Standard Time, and others want permanent DST. There needs to be more than one solution to please everyone. 

Which States Want to Ditch the Change?

Key Fact: Over 19 states have enacted legislation to stop clock changes but can only act with federal approval.

Why the Debate Matters

Beyond Inconvenience: Studies suggest DST increases the risks of heart attacks, strokes, and car accidents immediately following the shift. Economic Impacts: Some industries, like recreation, benefit from longer summer days, while the shifts may negatively impact others. 

What Happens Next?

The Big Question: Will the House approve the Sunshine Protection Act? Or will a separate movement gain traction for permanent Standard Time? Your Voice Matters: Contact your representatives to express your opinion on keeping DST year-round or switching to permanent Standard Time. 


Whether we get year-round sunsets or mornings with more light, the fight over Daylight Saving Time highlights a simple time shift's complex impact.