The Effects of Daylight Saving Time

Written by: Amy Ternida
6th Grade
March 3, 2019

Daylight Saving Time (DST) will be starting on Sunday, March 10. DST was created as a way to save energy and to utilize natural sunlight. Although it has been instituted for many years, many are doubting that it is effective.

DST has many effects, both positive and negative. For example, although there will be longer evenings as a result of Daylight Saving Time, many people have reported receiving less sleep. This lack of sleep has been linked to mental health problems and sickness. However, DST is designed to reduce the amount of artificial light that people use and will make those involved be more likely to use significantly more amounts of sunlight. Daylight Saving Time was invented to save energy, but its opponents have claimed that it leads to an increase of energy.

Daylight Saving Time, although having both beneficial and harmful consequences, will continue to be used in several countries. Researchers will continue to conduct studies to prove (or disprove) the effectiveness of DST. In the meantime, only time will tell.