By: Sam Harper
Daylight savings time causes many annoyances. It does no good. The effective changes it has on the World are too low to be important. It causes more problems than it solves. The effects of DST can be devastating. DST can make people depressed, injured, and can cost lots of money.
Daylight savings time can have terrible effects on the brain. One of those effects is depression. That depression can sometimes go to the extreme of suicide. “As we transition into winter and the days get shorter and darker, many individuals struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder. Less exposure to sunlight disrupts our circadian rhythms and causes both a drop in serotonin and spike in melatonin, which can lead to feelings of drowsiness and depression.” That one thing affects millions of people. Even if you don't think you're depressed, I'm sure you’ve been sad during the dark months. That darkness doesn't just make you sad, it can hurt you too.
Another tragic event from DST, is the injuries. The darker nights make it easier for people to be hit by vehicles. There are more chances to have accidents in the dark like car wrecks. The change in time can be harmful to our bodies as well. Especially when they could be extra vulnerable. Some people who are vulnerable may be pregnant, the effect on their bodies after DST can cause miscarriages. “Every cell in our bodies keeps track of the time, and changes in daily patterns can trigger stress in our brains and cause sleep deprivation, disorientation, and memory loss. It can also lead to difficulties with learning, social interactions, and overall cognitive function.” The social interactions and cognitive function can have a large role in money too.
If employees are tired and drowsy then they might not get all their work done that they could have. Employees could be depressed and tired. All those things together could make a bad unmotivated worker. Now imagine that affecting the whole USA. “A financial cost for the biannual switch is hard to pin down, but a study by Chmura Economics & Analytics estimated that daylight saving time costs the U.S. more than $430 million a year.” Money is an issue that could be easily stopped.
Though the mornings are dreadful and the nights are dark, there are some good things about DST. There are long summer evenings which are very enjoyable. “More light = more time to do what you want or need to do = a happier you.” People may think DST is no big deal. But IT IS. The Elderly’s body can’t keep track, people are being harmed left and right, everyone is grumpy and sad, we all suffer from the money, skyrocketing as we speak.
The evenings are sad and the sleeping schedule of humankind is thrown off. The few good changes of DST are far too low compared to the bad ones. We are in danger of being injured, depressed, and paying the country lots of money. DST has ruined time which would have been better off. It's time for humanity to wisen up and stop this torturous disaster so we can all have some nice, comfortable, sleep.