Texas should stay on Daylight Saving Time, because it would be lighter outside, so people could get home from work easier. Also, there would be less accidents on the road.
Benefits of Daylight Saving Time
Daylight saving time (often mistaken as "daylight savings time") is the practice of setting the clocks forward one hour from standard time in the spring and backwards one hour in the fall. The "springing forward" usually occurs in March or April, and the "falling back" follows sometime between September and November. The purpose of such a seemingly trivial act? To make better use of natural daylight.
Although less than 40 percent of the countries around the world use daylight saving time, the United States implemented it in 1918, and it doesn't appear like it's going to change anytime soon.
So, need a reason not to dread getting out of bed an hour earlier on March 12? Consider these four benefits of daylight saving time:
1. There's more light to enjoy in the evening.
What's better: Only a fleeting moment of daylight before work (and driving home in the dark) or being able to enjoy the daylight well into the evening hours? That's what we thought. More light = more time to do what you want or need to do = a happier you.
2. The crime rate drops during daylight saving time.
Research has shown that robbery rates after daylight saving time fall an average of 7 percent, with a much larger 27 percent drop during those light-filled evening hours that didn't exist before the time change. Mind. Blown.
3. It minimizes energy consumption (and lowers your costs).
When you enjoy more natural daylight, you use less artificial light — and that makes a real impact on the overall cost of energy consumption.
4. It lowers the incidence of traffic accidents.
Like driving home in the daylight versus the darkness, driving is easier when you can see your surroundings and where you're going, right? Duh! Studies actually show that we could save hundreds of lives per year if we implemented daylight saving time year-round.
Other Benefits of Daylight Saving Time are as follows:
1. You'll Be Happier
Daylight Saving Time might just give you a leg up when it comes to kicking those winter blues. Research published in Epidemiology reveals that incidents of depression increased by 11 percent when the clock shifted back to Standard Time in November, suggesting that Daylight Saving Time may help reduce depressive episodes. For those suffering from seasonal depression specifically, that extra hour of sunlight can do a world of good.
2. You'll Ditch Those Unwanted Pounds
Getting some extra sunlight during Daylight Saving Time may be the key to losing those last 10 pounds once and for all. Research conducted at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center reveals that overweight women who increased their intake of vitamin D—a vitamin bioavailable through sunlight—to sufficient levels lost more weight than those who only dieted and exercised.
3. You'll Get Outside More
hose long sunny evenings we enjoy during Daylight Saving Time make it easier to find time to spend outdoors. Not only does this give us extra opportunities to exercise, it may improve our mood. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health reveals that pregnant women with access to green space suffered fewer incidents of depression than those without.
4. Relieve Tired Eyes
Stressed out eyes can take a much-needed break during Daylight Saving Time. Exposure to fluorescent light—the kind that's still prevalent in many older homes and offices—has been linked to increased rates of eye strain and disease by research published in the American Journal of Public Health. The good news? During Daylight Saving, you can shut off those bleak bulbs and rely on good old-fashioned sunlight instead.
5. Give the Economy a Boost
Daylight Saving Time can give a lackluster economy a much-needed boost, sans stimulus package. Daylight Saving is a serious boon to the service and tourism industries, incentivizing travel and dining al fresco.
6. You'll Sleep Better
The disruption caused by Daylight Saving can be a shock to your system, but it may benefit your sleep in the long run. Increased exposure to sunlight can boost your body's production of melatonin, a hormone that makes you feel sleepy. When you've got more sunlit hours in the day thanks to DST, you may find it easier to hit the hay at a reasonable hour.
7. People Will Be Safer On the Road
There's no denying that driving when it's light out is easier. Luckily, the extra sunlight we enjoy during Daylight Saving Time might mean we're safer on the roads, too. In fact, according to a review of research in Accident Analysis & Prevention, were DST adopted year round, the lives of 366 pedestrians and motorists would be saved every year.
8. People Will Be Less Likely to be Victimized
Safer streets start with the adoption of Daylight Saving Time. According to one study, Daylight Saving Time accounts for a 7 percent dip in criminal activity. Mugging people in broad daylight is just sloppy work, after all.
9. You'll Be Safer
The increased visibility associated with Daylight Saving Time may keep you safe—from yourself. While darkness can make it harder to see patches of ice on the street or a deer darting in your way while you're driving, that extra sunlight we gain during DST can make virtually everything you do a little bit safer.
10. You'll Be Less Boozy!
The long, cold days of winter can make anyone look forward to a hot toddy or glass of wine when they come home. Fortunately, research suggests that people tend to drink more from December through March than any other time of year, so Daylight Saving might just mean it's easier to skip that glass of chardonnay.