Mix 94.1 Health Tip of the Day: Pros to Daylight Saving Time
This is the weekend! We will be springing forward an hour Saturday night/Sunday morning. Some people love it!
Some people hate it! I personally love the fact that it stays lighter later in the day. So we have more time to be outside. It's a beautiful thing.
Several lawmakers are considering switching to Daylight Saving Time year-round. There are some ways that this could actually make your life better.
Lives could actually be saved. Have you ever noticed that the evening rush hour is more dangerous? Well it is for a few reasons. One is that there are more people on the road, there is a greater chance for people to have alcohol in people's bloodstreams. Also, there are a lot more kids outside playing.
So if we have an extra hour of sunlight during that evening hour the accidents between cars with pedestrians could be reduced. There was a study done that found that 343 lives could be saved every year. All we have to do is switch to year-round Daylight Saving Time.
Energy could be saved. If the sun is out later the demand for energy needed to heat and light our homes and business decreases. During Standard Time when the sun rises earlier; a lot of people aren't even awake yet.
We could see a decrease in crime. That would be a great benefit. It goes without saying that criminals like darkness. A study found that more daylight in the evening could reduce crime up to 20%. It definitely helps with the juveniles, they are more likely to commit crimes after school and into the early evening hours.
One of the best benefits is our sleep. It won't get messed up twice a year. It really doesn't matter which one you like. Changing the clocks twice a year could be bad for your health. It messes with our sleep. With that heart attacks increase. One study even found it affected our financial markets in a bad way.
So we will spring forward this weekend and lose an hour of sleep. The good thing is that we will now have more daylight in our waking hours. Which is good! We can all celebrate. Do you want to keep at Daylight Saving Time year-round? Do you think it would be better? Comment below.