Orlando, Fla.— For us in Florida it is actually here to stay. Florida’s Governor recently signed a measure that declares the Legislature’s intent to observe it year round. With that said, we may have very well celebrated the last Spring Forward of our time, but does that really matter? What is the difference anyway?
Governor Rick Scott said -- observing daylight saving time year round would mean people in Florida could “enjoy everything our beautiful state has to offer later in the day,” according to the Associated Press.
There was a long discussion about this topic that went through the Legislature and then to the Governor’s desk.
The implementation of the legislation, however, would only happen if approved by Congress on the federal level, as stated on the bill. The federal government determines the nation’s time zones. ,It also controls the start of daylight saving time and the return to standard time, Florida included.
No states have independently been able to observe daylight saving time year round. But states like Hawaii and parts of Arizona, as well as U.S. territories like Puerto Rico and Guam, have opted not to observe daylight saving time since those areas get sunshine year-round.
It makes a big difference in terms of the amount of electricity that is needed during the dark hours and some people may suffer from depression and seasonal affective disorder. We recently lost an hour of sleep, and an hour may not seem like a lot, but the time shift can have significant effects on the body. Studies have noted all kinds of physical and mental effects associated with Daylight Saving Time (DST), both the shift to it (in March) and the shift away from it (in November).
The following are 7 ways in which daylight saving time may affect your health:
- IVF (in vitro fertilization) success rates drop in March - miscarriage rates were much higher for women during the weeks immediately following the March time change
- Heart attacks spike after the spring time change.
- Stroke rates rise when Daylight Saving Time starts and ends.
- Fatigue and “cyberloafing” (which is when employees use the internet for personal use and pretend to be working) become rampant.
- Teens get especially exhausted. A 2015 study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that teens lost significant sleep after the spring time change, and showed increased sleepiness, delayed reaction time, and more lapses in attention on subsequent days.
- Cluster headaches, which are are characterized by severe, debilitating pain on one side of the head, and are often accompanied by a watery eye and nasal congestion or a runny nose on the same side of the face, may strike. This is a rare but painful disorder that often occurs around seasonal changes, especially when the weather warms up and the light increases.
- Depression diagnoses rise in the fall. Although no increase or decrease was associated with the spring time change, in the fall, losing an hour of evening light can be a serious downer, and a 2016 study published in Epidemiology found that depression diagnoses actually increase in the month following the shift back to standard time.
We hope this information has been helpful understanding the reasons behind this move beyond just changing your clocks, if Congress grants Florida this unprecedented possibility.
ENJOY LIFE RESPONSIBLY!