Senate Passes Bill To Make Daylight Saving Time Permanent in Rare Bipartisan Agreement

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Who doesn’t dread changing the clocks when daylight savings time hits? Each fall, we turn the clocks back an hour, and each spring, it goes ahead an hour. The idea is to shift the number of daylight hours we get in a day.

However, it seems to do more harm than good. In the fall, we gain an hour. When the clocks go back from 2 a.m. to 1 a.m., that means we get a 25-hour day. But that also means it’s way darker in the mornings than we’re used to. In the springtime, we put the clocks forward again, giving us back later daylight, but causing us to lose an hour of sleep.

Every time daylight savings rolls around, we hear the complaints of how frustrating it can be to mess with the time. Why do we have to do it at all? Well, we may not have to anymore if a bill gets passed.

Just recently, the Senate unanimously passed a bill called the Sunshine Protection Act that would make turning our clocks back twice a year a thing of the past.

Daylight savings time affects people in many ways—and more so for the worse. “It’s a sad time, people are unhappy,” says Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. “It does darken out life in a very literal sense.”

For the 16 weeks of the year (from fall to spring where the clocks are adjusted), people fall into a slump. Sunset can be as early as around 4 p.m. The extra hour of sun in the daylight could help the economy by letting people stay out later and even boost mental health for those with seasonal affective disorder.

“No more dark afternoons in winter. No more losing an hour of sleep every spring,” says Senator Patty Murray.

However, not everyone agrees that daylight savings should end. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine argues that staying in standard time keeps sunrise and sunset more aligned with our body’s natural rhythms.

While there are still many steps to make daylight savings permanent year round, we’re certainly one step closer to hopefully doing just that!

There’s just one caveat: Did you know we actually tried to eliminate daylight saving time in the 70s, and people didn’t love the way it made them feel? Though it seems like it would be a great solve, it may quickly become a “be careful what you wish for” type of notion.

To hear more about the bill, as well as what happened when we tried this in the past, check out the video below.

What are your thoughts on making daylight savings permanent?