Change in daylight savings time impacts students

Renee Strong, Staff Writer

 The Sunlight Protection Act is a bill that eliminates the changing of clocks in the United-States affecting most U.S citizens. It has passed the Senate it’s currently in the House. There are many mixed opinions on whether or not to pass this bill, or if the bill is passed, it is still to be decided if the clocks should be left on daylight savings or standard time.

 “I personally think they should keep it on daylight savings, but that’s just my opinion.” Ted Arison, math teacher and Fielder Friday weatherman, said

On the contrary, “let’s just leave it on standard time and leave it alone.” said Deb Pohlmann, science teacher.

Students also have their own opinions on the situation.

 “I feel like when I wake up and see the sun I feel productive and ready to-go for the day!” said Brianna Rodriguez, junior.

Because of the extra hour of sun in the morning, it does cause it to become darker sooner in the day, but this doesn’t seem to affect every student.

“I don’t mind the darkness at night because by the time I’m out of my job at Walmart it is dark anyways,” said  Sergio Palencia, junior.

However, this is only considering the winter months. If the switch is made, many will miss that extra hour of sunlight in the summertime. 

“I really enjoy the extra hour of light in the summer, I think that alone makes it worth it.” said Riya Bhasin, junior. 

The biggest complaints, and the main reasons the bill was proposed, is switching the clocks. 

“ Having to switch the clocks and losing an hour in the spring, that is just the pits!” said Arison.

According to UT Southwestern, all students and teachers should try to maintain a regular sleep schedule during the time switches, the interruption to your circadian rhythm can cause increased stress and chance of depression.

“The sleep we get does give us more time to do repair in the body and makes us more refreshed for the day,” Pohlmann said.