It’s time for Lubbock to unite against daylight saving time
Let’s be honest, you’re probably not in a good mood today. And Sunday was probably worse. And thanks to Sunday’s time change, chances are you’ll feel tired for most of the week. Isn’t it more than fair in 2022 to wonder why we have to continue to live this way?
We are a nation full of smart people, but only two states have figured out how to stop changing the times. Arizona and Hawaii are the two states that do not observe daylight saving time. The US territories of Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Northern Marina Islands, and Guam are also all united to ignore daylight saving time.
That’s why I think it’s time for all of Lubbock to come together and say no to more time changes. Let’s tell our local, state, and national lawmakers that we’re just tired of making the time change. And then urge them to stand with us. Who knows maybe Lubbock may be the home of the death of daylight saving time. We can rally others in West Texas and then across Texas to support us. We could even have a flag with a clock on it and below it could say “Come and take it”. Let’s do this, Lubbock. Let’s resist the time change and not “Let’s fall back on Sunday November 6th.
Most Americans don’t agree on anything these days, but according to the Washington Post, 2/3 of us want to stop changing schedules twice a year. See, we’re united on one issue, eliminating time changes. We all know it’s dumb and yet every year, twice a year, we do it and then we complain about it and our legislators say something like “Yeah, I hear you, I don’t like that either “, then they laugh and walk away to discuss something else.
Not only is this a problem that we all agree on, but it is also a health problem. And I mean, beyond tired and grumpy moods, a time change can put us on. According to CNNobserving daylight saving time can help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
Heart attack rate spikes 24% in days after ‘spring ahead’ in March, 2014 study finds study from the University of Michigan. Another one study, published in 2016, found that stroke rates could also increase by 8%. Year-round daylight saving time could also reduce the likelihood of fatal car crashes, which increase by 6% in the days following the time change, according to a 2020 study. study from the University of Colorado.Stolen sunlight in the evening can also have a negative impact on mental health. a danish study hospitals saw an 11% increase in the number of patients with symptoms of depression immediately after switching from sunnier daylight saving time to darker standard time in the fall. By making our days brighter throughout the year, we can also permanently speed up the clock of seasonal depression triggered by dark winter days.
Plus, the extra daylight at the end of the day can give the economy a boost, which we could all use right now.
Let’s make it happen. If not in November, prepare to be in a bad mood again.
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