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Where does daylight saving time come from?

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In the United States, an American senator makes possible the permanent return to daylight saving time with a bill. However, the change to summertime would have adverse effects on our health.

What if you no longer had to lose an hour of daylight? The US Senate makes this possible through the permanent return to Daylight Saving Time, through the Sunshine Protection Act, a bill.

Where does daylight saving time come from?

Daylight saving time was introduced in 1895 by George Hudson to extend the length of daylight during the summer months when the sun sets later. Shops, schools, workplaces, and public transport are all changing to conform to the hours of the day.

Modern technology changes the time itself, so much so that we hardly notice it when this event occurs. But what if we never had to go back?

The Sunshine Protection Act passed unanimously in Washington, stipulates that from the year 2023, daylight saving time will become permanent in the United States. If the bill passes, Americans will no longer have to change the clocks twice a year.

So said Senator Patty Murray, on the Senate floor: “We got it through the Senate, and now it’s time to get the job done so we never have to change again. our clocks …. So I urge my colleagues in the House to act as quickly as the Senate – put this bill on President Biden’s desk and bring more sunshine to Americans across the country. ” .

What are the effects of summertime on our health?

However, wintertime can intensify mental health issues. Sunrise is later and sunset is earlier during the winter months. Sometimes, depending on your location (and your schedule), you don’t see the sun at all.

Our levels of serotonin and melatonin decrease when we have less sunlight, which can contribute to feelings of apathy and hopelessness. With a few more hours of daylight, we feel energized and much calmer.

So you need to be aware of how the time change affects you and what you can do to better adapt to it.

In France, it is at the level of the European Union that this is decided: for a time mentioned, the Covid-19 crisis delayed negotiations concerning the end of the time change. The text dedicated to him is no longer on the agenda and should not be discussed shortly. The switch to summertime, on Sunday, March 27, 2022, should therefore not be the last

The  time change  is not without consequence on our body. Indeed, it causes negative effects in many people, among other things, great fatigue, but also a spike in surprising events such as an increase in road accidents or heart attacks!

In addition, did you know that every year, it is recommended to check the proper functioning of your smoke detector at the time of the time change?

Why do we change the time?

It was in 1918, during the First World War, that the House of Commons of Canada passed the Act respecting the use of daylight with the aim of conserving electricity and maximizing the use of daylight. ‘sunshine. Then, in 2006, Canada adopted the Legal Time Act aimed at standardizing the time between Canada and the United States which had just adopted the Energy Policy Act of 2005 with the aim of saving energy. from an environmental perspective.

So, since 2007, the daylight saving time period is 4 or 5 weeks longer since we now advance the clock on the second Sunday of March (instead of the first Sunday of April) and return to standard time on the first Sunday in November (instead of the 2nd Sunday in October).

Next time change

In the spring of 2022

This year, the return to daylight saving time  will take place on the night of  March 12 to 13, 2022  in Quebec. At 2 a.m., we will therefore advance the time for a return to daylight saving time  (or summer time) and lose an hour of sleep, to compensate for the hour gained in the fall. 

In the fall of 2022

In the fall, the time change will take place on the night of  November 5 to 6, 2022, more precisely on Sunday November 6 at 2 a.m. We will then go back one hour and revert to Eastern Standard Time  (winter time). We will then gain an hour that day. 

Time change called into question

The time change has been at the center of many discussions for some time now… Different voices in North America are questioning the relevance of this movement, considering its inconvenience for everyone… And since it had been put in place at a time very different from that of today, especially to accommodate farmers.

Among other things, Ontario is officially considering putting an end to the time change and thus keeping summer time all year round! However, the province said it would only do so if its neighbors (Quebec, Manitoba and the states of New York, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota) also got on board. Quebec is not closed to the idea and has already indicated that it would study it. We remember that Saskatchewan never implemented the time change – the time there remains constant all year round. It is to be continued; it is possible and even likely that the time change could one day be a thing of the past. 

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