We Should Probably End Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Savings Time hurts our health and the economy. Why are we doing this, again?

Looking forward to losing an hour of sleep this weekend? Thanks to the advent of Daylight Saving Time, if you live in most places in the United States, whether you like it or not, you'll be putting your clocks an hour ahead. That means on Monday morning, given the disruption of your circadian rhythm, you'll probably be feeling pretty groggy and exhausted.

So why exactly are we "springing forward"? A couple of years ago education video maker C.G.P. Grey made an excellent clip that breaks down how we can blame our increased sleep deprivation on a guy named George Vernon Hudson. Hudson first proposed the idea of Daylight Savings Time in 1895—he wanted to make it easier to pursue his bug collecting hobby. Really.

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