OPINION: Daylight Saving time disturbs sleep

By Mariana Montoya

Less time for sleep and more sunlight throughout the day can only mean one thing, daylight saving time. 

Daylight saving time sprung us forward this past Sunday leaving us without an additional hour to sleep. 

This is something that tends to mess with people’s heads, but it mainly creates issues with their morning schedules.

Eliminating an hour from our schedules can be chaotic, because it is harder to lose an hour than gain one in the fall. 

 “Daylight saving always messes with my morning routine. I feel like I could never get used to waking up an hour earlier than when I am supposed to,” said Brisanelly Quintero, sophomore student at East Los Angeles College. 

Days tend to go by quicker, but that also includes the night. Night time is going to be shorter for everyone meaning less time to sleep.  

This is the main issue people experience during this time. 

“I truly feel that my days seem to be going by faster during this time,”said Quintero. 

 It takes a while to be able to adapt to such changes. 

This usually depends on the person and in some cases this could even bring serious medical changes that can cause things such as strokes or heart attacks. 

An article from the Los Angeles Times said “Lifestyles and patterns of work are different now than they were when daylight saving first became entrenched nationally during and after World War II.” 

Daylight saving time, aside from taking an hour away, also announces that spring is coming sooner than people may think. 

In this case, spring is not here just yet but will be here within the next few weeks. 

Due to the climate and time changes, allergies are something that people may start to experience frequently. This also creates moodier people.  

“I very much dislike the adapting process of daylight savings. It feels weird to wake up at my regular time when it is not actually what my body thinks is regular,” said Monica Salguero, freshman student at ELAC.  

The adaptation process is probably the one that takes the longest during the beginning of daylight saving time. 

People can adapt to time and seasonal changes by taking the following steps: drink lots of water, take advantage of the sun by exposing yourself to as much daylight as possible, set a few alarms to wake up on time, and enjoy a nice cup of tea or coffee for the early morning blues.  

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