Daylight Saving Time is a practice that has been with us for some time. It is majorly used in America as well as other nations that experience rotational climatic patterns. First, let us understand what Daylight Saving Time actually is. This is the adjustment of clocks during given seasons in different nations. It is particularly done in summer where longer evening daylight is achieved thanks to Daylight Saving Time. It therefore sacrifices normal timelines. The practice is normally adjusting clocks by an hour prior to spring. Readjustment of the same is done in autumn.
Why should this adjustment of clocks be done? What are the benefits and demerits of doing it? These questions have controversial answers among many people. Americans for instance have varied reactions on this issue. This is because there are proponents of Daylight Saving Time as well as some antagonists. Pundits suggest that there is truth in each of the ideas brought forward. As a matter of fact there are several petitions that have been brought forward challenging the practice in the United States of America. Petitioners have brought forward their research findings to support their claim.
Before delving into the petitions, it is good to note that countries that use this practice are mainly those at the tropics. Among continents that do not use Daylight Saving Time is Africa. Supporters of the practice hail it for increasing time for leisure. They posit that human health is greatly improved this way. They also suggest that it promotes business by reducing crime rates in the evening as well as saving energy. All the above have however been challenged by those who oppose it.
Those against Daylight Saving Time claim that it actually wastes energy. They claim that it leads to increased consumption of fuel by motor vehicles. Opponents of Daylight Saving Time actually suggest that there is more energy wastage than saving occasioned by the same. When it comes to effects on the economy, they suggest that they are negative due to more costs incurred on the economy during that extra hour.
The effects of Daylight Saving Time on health are arguably the most debatable one on social spheres. First of all, there are the obvious benefits of having an extra hour for engaging in leisure activities which are good for your health. However, petitioners who are against the practice argue that the negative health implications outweigh the positives. They have cited research data that suggests that shifting of clocks could increase chances of a person having a heart attack. Disruption of sleeping time has also been noted as having small but significant negative effects on the health of a person. It therefore remains to be seen if petitioners against the practice will have their way in having it terminated.