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Questions daylight saving time

Posted: Friday, Feb 21st, 2014

As we approach the date to go to daylight saving time, think about the following:

Moving the clock ahead does not increase the number of daylight hours in a day. If you leave the clock on standard time and get up an hour earlier, you will have the same amount of daylight as you would have if you set your clock to daylight saving time.

People who go to work early do not necessarily save power. Many of them stay up just as late as if on standard time, and by having to get up an hour earlier, they lose sleep at the rate of one hour per 24 during the entire duration we are on daylight saving time.

Those who party by consuming alcohol and drugs use the longer evening daylight to spend more time consuming and have less time to overcome the effects of increased consumption plus loss of sleep.

Teachers complain that when daylight saving starts, studentsí ability to learn and retain drops. Is daylight saving time really a good thing to have?

For the complete article see the 02-21-2014 issue.

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