Daylight Savings Time:

Michelle Heiman

The official time will be adjusted one hour back at 2 a.m. on Nov. 4.

Daylight Saving Time (DST), first implemented during World War I, was created to help us adjust the daily happenings of our lives to the earth’s movements and changes in sunlight throughout the year.

Because of the way the earth rotates around the sun, daylight lengthens starting before the spring, but those added daylight hours tend to be in the early morning.

The fall back change happens when the daylight hours shorten and morning hours in the Northern Hemisphere are dark, so we change the clocks in order to wake up at a time when the sunlight hours encapsulate the bulk of our days.

In essence, it was decided that daylight was being “wasted” during the summer hours when daylight lengthened. DST was created to “save” those daylight hours and use them in our clock-based world.

The advantage to such a change in the fall is obvious – when you change the clock from 1:59 a.m. to 1 a.m., you gain an hour of sleep that night. You get to wake up one hour later.

For the average person, this may be a one-night convenience. However, for the college student who gets an average of four or five hours of sleep each night, this one-night change is a needed respite.

Sleep comes easier during dark hours, and waking is easier during daylight. There are also many potential energy-saving components. If we’re asleep during the dark and awake during the light, we use less electricity for lights.

Overall, while I love the extra hour of sleep in the fall and despise losing it in the spring, I recognize the benefits DST gives society. Now I simply dread the second Sunday in March when I lose an hour of sleep.

Just remember to change your clock and enjoy the extra hour of sleep while you can.

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