EP 559 Would You Lose Sleep If Daylight Saving Time Became Year Round?

Recently, by a vote of approval, the US Senate sent into the House of Representatives what its sponsor, Senator Marco Rubio, calls the “Sunscreen Act.” This measure will give us permanent daylight saving time and an extra hour of afternoon sunshine in winter. The idea is to encourage people to shop, eat out and be more active in order to boost the economy. The problem is that there is only so much sunlight to get around (you can’t fool Mother Nature) so it has to come from somewhere. This is, of course, in the morning, and if this is passed by the House of Representatives and signed by the President, many children go to school in the dark. Many will start commuting in the morning in the same way. While most Americans would like to avoid changing the time twice a year, health experts suggest that smarter play is to have a single standard and to have a standard time that more closely follows the rhythms and patterns of the human body. By the way, we tried the year-round DST model before and it didn’t work. Jay Biya, Founder and President of Save Standard Time, joins us today to discuss many timely and relevant matters.

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