Don’t Mess with My Time: The Case for Year-Round Daylight Savings

Dec. 4, 2018 / By

Dear whoever is messing with the time, please do better.

On November 4, at 2 a.m, Daylight Savings Time came to a sad end. The sun now starts setting around 4:30 p.m. and it’s honestly killing my vibe.

It was cool when the time went back the first day. I even stayed up to watch my clock.  Granted, I went to sleep while I was waiting, but it was cool! I was like, “Oh yeah, I get another hour of sleep. I can lay down a little bit longer, yay!” but then I realized how early the sun started setting and I honestly felt cheated.

The summer was so great! The days were like 13 hours long, it was sunny, I wanted to be outside all day and I felt so productive. Now the days are 10 hours long and it’s cold and dark all the time. And it just makes me wanna’ be lazy and curl up in my bed at 5 p.m. — which is extremely bad because I’m a 17-year-old senior in high school and I have a lot to do.

It is also terrible because I have to be home at a certain time now. And don’t get me wrong, okay, I love my city and I do feel safe in it but walking alone in the pitch dark makes me feel like I’m in one of those horror movies and someone is lurking in the shadows ready to put me in the back of a van or something.

And I can’t be the only one who gets tired really early now, right? Like, the dark makes me feel like I need to be asleep. I’m literally in my pajamas by 6 p.m. ready to go to bed. I don’t want dinner or anything, I just need sleep. I feel like I’ve had permanent jet lag these past few weeks.

Studies show that the Monday after the spring and fall time changes, there is an increase in traffic accidents, mainly caused by sleep deprivation, which is probably a sign that the time should be left alone, right? I don’t know, though, maybe that’s just me and my weird brain’s thinking.

Now those in favor of this wretched clock fallback have argued that DST (Daylight Savings Time) does nothing to conserve energy, but that is not a proven fact. And it’s also way better because the sun sets later and the sun is up longer so we’re using even less electricity with all the natural light flowing throughout the house. Having the sun up later is just better all around.

But there is hope. California recently voted for Proposition 7 which can potentially initiate an all-year DST in California permanently. I find this amazing! I think I deserve some sun and the little bit I have been getting recently is not cutting it. With the DST here all year then I can become the productive, energetic Queen I know I can be!

Sincerely,

A disappointed, tired, and unproductive queen.

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Chantera Walton

Chantera Walton

I'm 16 years old, and I'm a junior at Long Beach Polytechnic High School. After graduating, I would love to attend Cal State Fresno and major in journalism. I've loved writing since I was a little girl, writing exaggerated and elaborate stories about the people and things in my life. I'm an introvert so my free time is spent watching my faves on Netflix.