Why do we have Daylight Saving Time?

Weather Questions with Cody Nickel

Daylight Saving Time resumes Sunday morning at 2 a.m….which means an hour of sleep lost at the cost of an extra hour of daylight.
Georgia is one of the 48 states that participate in Daylight Saving Time to “make better use of sunlight” in warmer months. Arizona and Hawaii are the only ones that do not have to ‘spring forward’ Sunday. Arizona hasn’t had to spring forward since 1968 since they already see plenty of sunlight year-round. Hawaii doesn’t because of their location farther south. Since the state is closer to the equator they too see more sunshine and warmer temperatures throughout the year.

The Department of Transportation oversees Daylight Saving Time, but there is no federal rule that requires it. Instead, it is up to each state whether they choose to participate or not. The Uniform Time Act of 1966 and the extension of Daylight Saving Time in 2005 were put in place by Congress, but only apply to those states that actively participate in Daylight Saving Time and make sure each state starts and ends DST at the same day and time each year.

And with 48 out of 50 states doing so, you’d think there’d be a good reason why we lose that hour of sleep. 

Daylight Saving Time benefits some businesses – particularly the golf, grill and recreation ones. Some studies also claim crime decreases the day after Daylight Saving Time resumes.

It however, does not benefit our health. In fact, workplace and traffic accidents…along with the frequency of heart attacks increases the day after DST….Likely due to sleepiness and the added stress on our bodies.

And as far as fuel goes – it does not save any more energy. In fact, some studies have found DST causes more fuel consumption.

Whether you’re a fan of Daylight Saving Time or not, we still have to face it Sunday morning, so make sure to set your clocks an hour ahead Saturday night. 

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