The world has lived with Daylight Saving Time practice for many years. It is greatly felt in the United States of America and other nations that experience the four rotational climatic conditions. So, what is Daylight Saving Time? It is a practice of adjusting clocks at certain times in different countries. Summer is particularly the time when it is done to achieve longer evening daylight. Normal timelines are hence sacrificed due to the adjustment. Normally, clocks are adjusted by one hour before spring. They are then re-adjusted to usual times during autumn.
Why should this adjustment of clocks be done? What are the benefits and demerits of doing it? It is not easy to have uniform answers to the above questions since many people do not agree. In America for instance people are torn along different lines on the same. There are those who are for Daylight Saving Time and those who wish that it be abolished. Most experts have it that proponents and those against it all have some facts that can be verified. To back up the controversy, there are already petitions challenging the practice. Findings have been brought forward to support it.
Before delving into the petitions, it is good to note that countries that use this practice are mainly those at the tropics. Continents like Africa that are at close proximity to the equator seldom experience climatic conditions that would necessitate the use of Daylight Saving Time. Supporters of the practice hail it for increasing time for leisure. They posit that human health is greatly improved this way. They also suggest that it promotes business by reducing crime rates in the evening as well as saving energy. All the above have however been challenged by those who oppose it.
Those opposing the practice have it that it actually contributes to lose of energy. Case example is their citation that fuel consumption by motor vehicles has been observed to rise due to the practice of Daylight Saving Time. Much as there is a very small percentage of saving of energy, the pundits suggest that the wastage overrides the wastage. On the economic front, they suggest that much as sellers of goods and services benefit from the extra hour, there are costs incurred in running operations for the extra hour.
There are very mixed reactions on effects of Daylight Saving Time on health in the world. First of all, there are the obvious benefits of having an extra hour for engaging in leisure activities which are good for your health. However, petitioners who are against the practice argue that the negative health implications outweigh the positives. They have cited research data that suggests that shifting of clocks could increase chances of a person having a heart attack. Sleeping time is disrupted by an hour something that they argue is bad for human health. It remains to be seen whether one side will convince the other in determining the fate of Daylight Saving Time.