The Shocking Truth about Daylight Saving Time

You’ll be surprised to see who really profits from “springing forward.”

By Leah Zerbe

Photography by Getty Images

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what's the deal with daylight saving time?Time changes are more consistent now, but that doesn't mean Daylight Saving Time wreaks any less havoc on our bodies. People already dealing with sleep problems, night-shift workers, and those living with Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, are most likely to have a harder time bouncing back from the time change as quickly as others. Generally, pushing the clocks ahead an hour creates the same effect as crossing time zones, which is why Downing says Daylight Saving Time is the perfect time to plan a vacation, since your body's internal clock will be thrown off anyway.

Although the change is temporarily punishing on our bodies, it’s hard to deny the benefit of what feels like longer days, no matter which industry is benefiting financially. “Americans like the after-work available light hours. That’s the key to daylight saving. People feel like it extends their summers,” Downing says.

“Because we’re so far north of the equator, people fall in love with daylight saving when they’re given it. They get attached to it,” he adds. Because of that, there have been very few successful efforts to get rid of it, and love it or hate it, Daylight Saving Time could be here to stay.

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