Lawmakers Vote To Make Daylight Saving A Year-Round Affair!

Lawmakers Vote To Make Daylight Saving A Year-Round Affair!

This way, it will be easier for everyone to adjust to a set timing, instead of having to be confused about DST!

Daylight Saving Time starts on Sunday, March 11, at 2 a.m. so don't forget to set your clocks forward. If you live in Florida, chances are you'll never have to set your clock backward again.  According to CNN, lawmakers in Florida seem tired of the whole "fall back" and "spring forward" confusion when it comes to Daylight Saving Time, and so they've approved a bill to keep it throughout the year in their state. According to the Tampa Bay Times, state senator Greg Steube came up with the idea of making this permanent when he walked into a barbershop soon after the clock changed from Daylight Saving to Standard Time.


"One of the barbers had young children and it had such a negative impact every time they set their clocks back [that they had trouble] getting their kids up for school," he said. So he filed the bill and the idea has "turned into something I've never seen happen," he said. He also added how informal polls Steube and the others have conducted show enormous public support for the idea. 


"I've heard from mayors across the state that it's going to save them money because they don't have to light their softball fields at night," he said. "I can't tell you how many people have come up to me who have said even my high school age kid, it's hard to get him up in the morning when we fall back the clocks." People in the tourism industry also complained about how they can't keep their shops open as the days get darker during Standard Time. 


Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen, R-Fort Myers, another House sponsor claimed it will help mental health and simplify life. "This is the first great step to putting more sunshine in our lives," she said. "How many times have you gotten home from work in the winter time and you'd like to throw the football, dip a line in, or go out to dinner with your spouse? This will give people the opportunity to have more quality time when its nicest in Florida."


When Daylight Saving Time begins, we lose an hour, when it ends, we gain an hour, so how exactly does this work? According to Time And Date, when spring begins,  our clocks are set forward by an hour, and it means one hour is skipped, and during DST there are only 23 hours on the clock. DST switches happen during the night,  to minimize the disruption it causes us, but we also have to adjust our sleep by an hour and get our bodies attuned to the new timings.


This means, if your alarm's the same time as you usually wake up, then you will sleep an hour less. The good news is, if you're working the night shift, then you have to work an hour less! The DST period ends in the fall, and our clocks are set back to our normal timings. When the switch happens, it happens on a normal day, which means on the day of the transition, we have 25 hours in a day. 


It has been said that evenings are longer during DST because the sun sets late, almost by an hour. But that's only half true, since the day after DST starts, the sun does rise and set at a later time on the clock, which is what creates the illusion of longer evenings. Daylight Saving Time only affects our civil time.  Obviously, it does not alter the sun's course or anything, or the times of sunrise and sunset, or the daylength, as it only changes gradually as the seasons shift. 


What DST basically does is change the time we schedule our basic routine by shifting it in relation to solar time, which is defined by the sun's course. As DST begins, our clocks show a later time at sunrise, solar noon, and sunset. Even though the days are longer, it does not mean our daily events also occur later. All said and done, DST is quite confusing and take a lot of 'time' to get used to, so if the bill is passed, then it makes things easier. 


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