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    Daylight Savings Time (5-part Blog: Part 2)

    Legislating Time

    Whether people think daylight savings time is a good idea depends on who you ask; however, it is indeed an interesting issue to throw out there for discussion. Since it was a wartime idea, it made sense to most of the people during that time in history. Much like other legislation in the United States, the subsequent or future practice of daylight savings time was initially left up to the individual states as to whether they wanted to keep daylight savings time. Therein lies the first problem. Transportation businesses had to push for another piece of legislation to standardize daylight savings time to keep their services running without confusion. There were so many time differences that the transportation industry and their arrival and departure times had become chaotic. A standardized time practice had to be legislated, and whether your state wanted to see daylight savings time as a permanent solution became irrelevant. Many argue this as typical of big government. They believe that once legislation comes about, it is virtually impossible to get rid of it. They say that it is just one more way to lose freedoms that are at the core of the United States Constitution. Could these arguments against daylight savings time legislation be correct?

    Another aspect that is brought to the forefront of the argument is the issue of how time changes can interrupt the circadian rhythm of our bodies, therefore shortening the time we sleep. Experts about sleep maintain that not getting enough sleep can put otherwise good health at risk. Sleep disorders pose a new question: Is daylight savings time good for us?

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