EDITORIAL: Time to get rid of Daylight Saving Time

Editorial Board

Daylight Saving Time came to an end at 2 a.m. on Sunday, and with this occasion, we had to set clocks back by one hour.

The idea behind DST is to conserve energy and make better use of daylight, but those arguments are not enough to warrant continuing this tradition.

Studies have even shown that DST can impact our health. Humans and other mammals are guided by circadian rhythms, or 24-hour cycles, that regulate sleep and other bodily functions such as appetite and mood.

DST creates a mismatch between the local clock and our body’s internal clock, which can lead to sleep loss and mental and physical fatigue.

That effect on our circadian rhythm can lead to serious consequences. According to the Society for Research on Biological Rhythm, a higher number of car crashes, heart attacks and workplace injuries occur in the days after a time change.

Momentum is already building nationally to dump this practice.

Two states, Arizona and Hawaii, and the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa and Guam already don’t observe DST.

Many states have also considered legislation over the last few years to place the state permanently on either standard time or DST.

In fact, five states have enacted legislation to make DST permanent, putting an end to the biannual clock-changing ritual in Alabama, Georgia, Minnesota, Mississippi and Montana.

It’s time to follow suit and get rid of this outdated tradition, not just in Illinois, but all over the United States.