By Carly Thompson / Staff writer
Many people have a love/hate relationship with daylight saving time. With daylight saving time for the year ending in the early hours on Nov. 6,, many students have had to adjust.
This tradition of changing the time started forming during World War 1 as an energy-saving measure, and World War 2 continued to push the idea of taking advantage of daylight.
Daylight saving time has been through several trial runs throughout the years. Today, Americans turn clocks ahead on the second Sunday in March and turn them back on the first Sunday in November.
Dylan Hamon, a Hutchinson freshman, has dealt with headaches after each time change throughout his life. However, even with it getting dark sooner, he tries to keep his routine the same.
“I have tried my best to not change anything about my daily routine, I find that by sticking to a routine I’m more productive,” Hamon said.
Even though his routine hasn’t changed, he still finds himself socializing less and being less motivated to do certain things.
Shelby Briggs, a Hutchinson freshman, has found herself waking up earlier to enjoy as much daylight as possible. She even takes her dog on morning walks.
“I love that it is bright out sooner. It lets me enjoy the sunrises on the way to school,” Briggs said.
While the morning people are definitely benefiting from the sun rising earlier, the sun going down seems to have a strong effect on people’s moods. The sun going down earlier – the sun will set at 5:14 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day – also brings people’s motivation and productivity down with it. While it can take a few days for your body to acclimate, it seems that it takes longer for the energy levels to re-balance themselves.
There has been quite a debate on whether or not the United States should keep daylight saving time or not. The Senate passed a bill in March to keep the time change permanent but there are still several people against it.