Spring Forward or Fall Back

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Daylight savings can be a blessing to some or a curse to others. Either way it serves as a great excuse to be late, at least for a couple days. Photo by Ryan Aagard

Daylight savings can be a blessing to some or a curse to others. Either way it serves as a great excuse to be late, at least for a couple days. Photo by Ryan Aagard

Daylight Saving Time occurred on November 3 at 2a.m. It is the time of year when many states set their clocks back an hour.

Many people often call it “Daylight Savings,” which is a common misconception. The proper way to refer to it is “Daylight Saving,” often abbreviated as DST. On the second Sunday in March, clocks are set forward one hour and on the first Sunday in November, they are set back one hour. Most of the United States does this twice a year with the exception of Hawaii, a Navajo Indian reservation in Arizona, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

The California Energy Commission reports that we have Daylight Saving Time to help save energy, but recent reports haven’t been showing this. They also report that, “The American law by which we turn our clock forward in the spring and back in the fall is known as the Uniform Time Act of 1966. The law does not require that anyone observe Daylight Saving Time; all the law says is that if we are going to observe Daylight Saving Time, it must be done uniformly.”

Kayla Wade, a sophomore at Snow College, said, “I really like getting an extra hour of sleep in the fall, but not when I lose an hour in the spring.” The majority of teenagers, young adults and college students appreciate that extra hour to sleep or stay up even later than usual.

Brown University reports that, “College students are among the most sleep-deprived people in the country. This may be due to the irregularity of their sleeping habits. According to a 2001 study, only 11% of college students have good sleep quality, and 73% have occasional sleep problems.”

Jordan Rasmussen, a sophomore at Snow College who goes to bed at 7p.m., said “I love it when I get sleep.”

Snow College students were affected by the time change this week. It is a great chance to catch up on sleep for the rest of the semester.

 

Shelby Patterson loves traveling, going on long drives, connecting with nature, rain and overcast days, peppermint tea, and breathing the fresh mountain air. Shelby is undecided on a major but is contemplating International Relations or Communications. She hopes to one day travel and be paid for it. After Snow College Shelby is planning on going to either Utah State University or University of Utah.

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