Is Daylight Savings Time going to mess with you?
By: Olivia Levesque, Arts and Culture Editor
On Sunday March 12th at 2:00AM, clocks jumped ahead one hour to contend with Daylight Saving Time. Oddly enough, this practice is not just intended to be confusing and make Monday morning a little more jarring. There are many ideas surrounding this practice of dictating time, but there is actually some reasoning behind it.
Germany was the first to adapt to using DST techniques in 1915; however, Benjamin Franklin was adamant on the idea nearly a century before, while he was an emissary to France. Most of Europe, Canada, and the United States followed in Germany’s footsteps in an effort to conserve energy and human power during the daylight hours.
Before Port Arthur and Fort William amalgamated to create the City of Thunder Bay, both cities were petitioning to change their time zones to Eastern Standard Time from Central Time, to make the most of hours of sunlight in the spring. This was in 1908 – 7 years before the rest of the world caught on.
The most common understanding of DST derives from the idea of wanting to make use of longer evenings in the summertime, thus saving daylight. DST is also supposed to make better use of daylight, ultimately allowing for less consumption of energy.
In Canada, each province has the power to decide whether to use DST, and not all do. Saskatchewan does not partake in the time change, as well as a select few places in Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec. Most of the United States participates in the practice of adjusting clocks, although in the last 10 years numerous polls and surveys have been distributed to citizens regarding the banning of the DST.
March is a stressful month for students; with major essays, assignments, and exams right around the corner, it already feels like there are not enough hours in a day. Spring forward always comes this time of month and is generally thought to be more stressful than when we gain an hour and fall back. Research indicates this small shift can have lasting effects on our health, body, and mind.
DST usually affects those the most who already suffer with sleeping disorders, or even psychological disorders. Seasonal affective disorder is usually triggered when clocks are changed, and hormonal effects occur as well, which are usually mood and sleep altering. The best thing to do during this time of year is to not nap. I know, it’s crazy. But, it’s best to let your internal clock do its thing.