One of the only constants in our lives currently!
Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 13, 2022, at 2:00 A.M. If you are like me, you look forward to the longer days after a long, cold winter. Living in Michigan is always tricky when it gets dark around 5 pm. It is even more complicated after working a long shift at work during regular business hours and leaving the job only to be greeted by the chilly darkness of winter. It is no wonder so many people are inflicted with depression. The lack of vitamin D and many people seeking the sun’s warming rays have seen record numbers of tourists down in places like Florida.
Sarasota Magazine reported nearly 118 million tourists visited the “sunshine” state in 2021 alone. This is the highest number in state history, which is no small feat. This can’t all be attributed to us snowbirds seeking a little warmth in our otherwise dreary winter days. Call it pent-up demand after a few years of this dreaded pandemic.
While people, such as myself, look forward to the extra daylight and the springing forth of one hour. It is essential to point out there are some negative aspects. You lose that extra hour of sleep in the morning, which causes your body's rhythm to be adversely affected; with that, reports such as this start to rear their ugly head from Science Daily.
A study of 732,000 accidents over two decades has found that the annual switch to daylight saving time is associated with a 6% increase in fatal car crashes that week.
For this reason, several states are looking to eliminate DST (Daylight Savings Time). Originally DST was instated to conserve energy, but this point has been rendered mute with all of the latest technological advances. I imagine the studies will continue to be published showing the benefits for and against. I, for one, will continue to observe it and await it as it is the first actual signal that Spring is fast approaching along with some warmer weather.