Want More Sunshine? So Do We

Lola H., Staff writer

Daylight savings has come to an end so the clocks have turned back an hour into standard time. With this time change that has happened, it’s not only affected our clocks but also our physical and mental health. The changing of time doesn’t add up to the same time that our body clocks are used to, so whenever the time changes whether its going forward or back, it will always have an effect on us. 

During this time of year it becomes darker earlier in the evening, giving us less sunlight during our days. With a lack of sunlight we are getting less vitamin D and there is also a higher risk for some to develop seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD. Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression which occurs during the same time of year whenever there is less sunlight. More than three million people in just the United states alone experience seasonal affective disorder.

Now with so many people’s daily lives affected by this, surely there’s something we can do about it? Well there is. There is currently a bill in the works that when we change back to daylight saving time we will stay in that time frame permanently. With being permanently in daylight saving time, more sunshine will be available throughout the day. This bill has not become law yet but has passed through the senate, and is waiting on the approval of the house. 

“We haven’t been able to find consensus in the House on this yet,” Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) said in a statement to The Washington Post. “There are a broad variety of opinions about whether to keep the status quo, to move to a permanent time, and if so, what time that should be.”, credit to The Washington Post.


Quote : https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2022/11/04/permanent-daylight-saving-time/