Shanelle Henry | Journalism
Daylight Savings Time (DST) has everyone drinking two cups of coffee in the morning because we need that extra energy to get through the day. Daylight Savings has been meant for people to do more activities during the day, requiring less fossil fuel energy to light nighttime activity. But, like everyone else, I love to sleep. How can we now that one hour slips away from us? One bright idea: you could go to bed one hour before your usual bedtime. Then again we’d rather finish that last assignment that’s due tomorrow or watch that last episode of ‘Friends’ on Netflix.
We’re humans and we want to sleep, although we lack the ability to reason with what we can do to consume an extra hour of rest. For some, the definition of relaxation is to flop on a couch and watch TV or lay down and play on our phones, but what you could do is let your body be comfortable, not sluggish. Instead of screaming in the morning at the vehicle in front of you that seems to move slow as a snail, leave your house 15 minutes earlier than you usually do. During the first three days according to the article “Your Health and Daylight Savings Time,” the number of car accidents increase due to lack of sleep and people who are in a hurry to get to their morning destination.
Daylight Savings Time shows how lazy we can be, but also how scary the world can be. Depression symptoms increase about 11% each time Daylight Savings Time comes around. People with mental health issues realize this and become increasingly more depressed and more sluggish.
You don’t have to be lazy or depressed to hate Daylight Savings. And you don’t have to be a total Type-A personality to realize any benefit from another hour of daylight. Take our poll and show your feelings about DST.