Why did the United States establish a 25-hour workday?

Americans awoke an hour later than usual on Sunday. At 2 a.m., while everyone was sleeping, the clocks were reset to 1 a.m. That’s right, they’d just finished a 25-hour shift!

What the hell just happened?

Winter is on its way!!! Aside from the Game of Thrones connection, it all comes down to one small detail: Daylight Saving Time.

Every year in March, at the commencement of spring/summer, countries such as America advance the clocks. Clocks shift from 2 a.m. to 3 a.m., sacrificing an hour of sleep in the process.

They do this because it fundamentally changes the way each day works after that. For example, if the sun rose at 6 a.m. around the time spring arrives, you’d be sleeping until 7 or 8 a.m., wasting sunlight.

Consider what would happen if it rose one hour later, at 7 a.m. Then you’ll feel like you’ve accomplished a lot more when you wake up around sunrise.

What’s more, guess what? This tinkering would also result in the sun setting an hour later, at 8 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. So with this one move, you’d have felt like you put all that sunlight to good use.

However, by winter, you’d have to reverse this modification because the sun would be rising at 8 a.m., for example, which would be counterproductive. It would be completely black outside when you awoke at 7 a.m. So, at 2 a.m. (in some areas), they add an extra hour, which is exactly what happened on Sunday.

To summarise, summer days are longer and winter days are shorter, and daylight saving time allows you to adjust your clocks for both seasons. And if you’re wondering where it all began, you’ll have to travel back in time.

Benjamin Franklin, one of America’s founding fathers, is widely attributed with the concept. He addressed a humorous letter to the editor of the Journal de Paris in 1784, expressing his surprise at seeing the sun rise at 6 a.m. He said that “sunlight” was being squandered since no Parisians awoke at 6 a.m. The sun would rise at 7 a.m.

if the time was changed, for example, by moving the clock from 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. This manner, you can decrease the length of the gloomy nights and save a lot of money on candles – the sort of thing we discussed earlier.

And it made sense from a financial one as well.

It was used by the Germans in 1916 to save money on energy during World War I. In 1918, the United States followed suit. However, some people have been objecting to this practise, and they have a valid cause.

It turns out that changing the clock has an impact not only on the economy, but also on one’s health and well-being.

According to studies, sleep disruption raises the risk of stroke and heart attack. The week after the clocks go forward in March, the number of heart attacks rises by 24%. It even increases the number of accidents. During the years 2002–2011, car accidents caused by “sleepy daylight-saving drivers” may have killed at least 30 more individuals in the United States. In the mining industry, there has been a 6% increase in injuries, resulting in a 67 percent increase in lost workdays.

This occurs because advancing the clock disrupts our regular sleep pattern. It takes time for individuals to get used to this new way of doing things, and it can be disastrous in some circumstances.

What about the economic case and the energy savings? That, too, turns out to be a flop in today’s world. For example, the state of Illinois saves money on lights and other items when the daylight hours are longer, but the savings are offset by the use of air conditioners.

In reality, this clock-changing enterprise costs the American economy $434 million per year. There are also no “additional” productivity gains. People do not simply retire to their beds after nightfall. They’re still usable. Despite this, countries such as the United States continue to change the clock twice a year, and if you’re wondering why –

Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Day Light Saving Time, by Michael Downing, offers a theory. Long summer evenings are a constant source of romanticism for Americans. During the summer, they enjoy having an evening BBQ when the sun is still shining. And a retail lobby that includes folks from the recreation, barbeque, and home and gardening industries is constantly reinforcing that idea. There’s also the reality that people spend more money when they go shopping and when they use gas.

As a result, despite all evidence to the contrary, the United States and other countries may continue to change their clocks for the foreseeable future.

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