This Sunday marks the end of daylight savings
Farmer Staff Writer
On Sunday Nov. 6, at 2 a.m., it will be time to turn the clocks back an hour, to mark the end of Daylight Savings Time (DST). This practice is observed to align the hours of daylight, with the standard hours of day labor. Even though this practice has been in place for decades, it has never been popular.
Complaints about the biannual time change are increasing from all sectors of the population. Initially implemented as a means to conserve energy, the Department of Energy found that the energy savings expected by the implementation of DST were insignificant.
In some areas, the energy costs were raised during DST for reasons such as higher cooling bills during the longer evenings in the summer. There are also additional costs when DST ends, for example, people are forced to use their lights more due to the longer, darker evenings.
Many experts across the globe have published studies showing the harmful effects of switching times. The time change between DST and Standard Time has been cited as a cause of increased heart attacks, a trigger for seasonal depression, increased traffic accidents, increased workplace injuries, and many other negative physical and mental health effects.