Feeling tired today? It might be because you lost an hour of sleep this weekend. Every year on the second Sunday of March, daylight saving time turns back on. On the first Sunday of November, we will set our clocks backward and gain an hour of sleep as daylight saving time ends. The U.S. government originally established daylight saving time during World War I as a means to save energy by having longer days with more sunlight. However, there have been recent efforts to end daylight saving time or make daylight saving time a permanent, year-round state, in order to end the bi-yearly time changes.
Those who argue in favor of changing daylight saving time argue that the time changes are harmful to sleep schedules and circadian rhythms. This side argues it is especially detrimental to children and teenagers, who are more easily affected by small changes in their timetables. Additionally, those who favor making changes to the time system argue that the system was established over 100 years ago and should be updated.
Those who argue against changing daylight saving time claim that there are substantial benefits to having a system that gives humans more daylight during the spring and summer. This side argues that the bi-yearly time changes are a small price to pay for having more sunlight exposure during the evenings after work and school. Additionally, those who oppose changing daylight saving time argue that crime drops with the additional daylight between March and November.
So, what do you think? Should the U.S. make changes to daylight saving time? You can argue Yes, the U.S. should make changes; No, the U.S. should not make changes; or something in between!
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