Daylight Savings: How it Affects Us

Photo by: Presley Buck

Photo by: Presley Buck

Daylight savings has been a controversial topic for years. Whether or not it’s necessary or even good for people are the most common arguments people have about the topic. With some states like Arizona and Hawaii completely dropping out of Daylight Savings and even more thinking of doing so, Washington State still takes part in the time change.

As the weather gets colder, the time “fell back” on November 7th, 2021. Daylight savings can have a big impact on people’s mental state, sleep schedule, and more. Ella May, a sophomore, was interviewed on the effect it has on her personally. She was asked the question, “Do you think the time change is a good or a bad thing?” She responded with, “I’m honestly fine with it.” For some it is shown that the time change doesn’t have much effect on their sleep schedule and or mood.

Not only can the students be affected, but teachers as well. Teachers get a firsthand look at what the time change can do to students and their performances in classes. Mrs.Levine, a family health and science teacher, was asked if she can notice any changes in her classes behavior or performance when the time changes.”I see a little change show up the day or two after, but teens are so tired anyhow it is hard to notice in the fall yet like my own kids at home, the spring forward takes students much longer to get over – and students are still tired yet they are edgier that time of year as well, so it is nice it happens at the same time each year- you can plan for it.” said Levine.

People have many different opinions about the Daylight Savings time change that occurs twice a year. For now in Washington State, we are just going to have to go along with it.