Daylight Saving Time 2013 ends Sunday morning at 2 a.m., as it ends the second Sunday of November every year. This year’s Daylight Saving Time ends on Nov. 3. According to The Atlantic on Nov. 1, changing the time twice a year is “terrible" and they would like to see it fixed for good. Changing the clock just one more time is one proposal out there.
The origin of the Daylight Saving Time schedule was to save energy and it became popular in the seventies, even though it was practiced way before that decade.
The practice of changing the clocks back and forth twice a year is not saving much energy in today’s busy world. It causes confusion and there are studies suggesting that it interrupts sleep cycles which trickles down to folks being less productive at work for the days following Daylight Saving Time change. According to The Atlantic:
"Frequent and uncoordinated time changes cause confusion, undermining economic efficiency. There’s evidence that regularly changing sleep cycles, associated with daylight saving, lowers productivity and increases heart attacks."
Just turning the clock back or ahead one hour in the fall and spring that one hour causes the U.S. to be out of sync with European time changes at a projected cost of $147 for the airline industry.
It seems as it writer Allison Schrager from The Atlantic has a simple solution to stop this time change once and for all. She is also advocating that the U.S. be split with only two time zones, which can be done when the Daylight Saving Program ends very easily.
Schrager writes that this may sound radical but it isn’t she proposes:
"This year, Americans on Eastern Standard Time should set their clocks back one hour (like normal), Americans on Central and Rocky Mountain time do nothing, and Americans on Pacific time should set their clocks forward one hour. After that we won’t change our clocks again—no more daylight saving."
What Schrager suggests makes sense and it is almost too simple. Having two time zones would definitely help the television industry when it comes for time slots for airing shows. In turn this will help the viewers. This will also help out the people who live on one coast and who do business on the other. You have to admit that Daylight Saving Time is archaic and as far as having it get dark an hour earlier in the afternoon, while that’s somewhat depressing.
Maybe it is time to end the Daylight Saving Time schedule. Until they do, don’t forget to turn your clocks back as I “fall back” on Sunday Nov. 3 at 2 a.m..