Would you support the idea of not losing an hour in the spring and and gaining an hour in the fall? Now that we’ve jumped ahead by an hour Sunday, March 10th for Daylight Saving Time, there are lawmakers in many states across the country who would like it stay this way all the time.
More than two dozen states are considering legislation to make Daylight Saving Time permanent, although it would be conditional on Congress allowing them to do it. Federal law currently allows states to remain on standard time permanently, which Hawaii and Arizona have done, but it doesn’t permit states to make Daylight Saving Time permanent. There are some calls to just do it as a country, with Senator Marco Rubio and Rep. Vern Buchanan of Florida having introduced legislation last week to make Daylight Saving Time permanent nationwide.
Daylight Saving Time is currently observed for eight months — two-thirds of the year — from the second Sunday in March until the first Sunday in November.
There’s also some health issues related to Daylight Saving Time. According to one study, hospital recorded a 24-percent spike in heart attack cases the Monday following the one-hour time adjustment, and a 21-percent reduction in heart attack cases on the Tuesday following the time adjustment in the fall, in which an hour is gained.
The time transition is also associated with road traffic accidents, workplace injuries, poor mood and reduced efficiency. If the cons outweigh the pros of observing Daylight Saving Time you may want to move to Arizona or Hawaii.