If you're still reeling from the time change over the weekend, then you'll want to pour yourself an extra cup of coffee so you can really enjoy this news about daylight saving time, mama.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation that would make daylight saving time permanent beginning in 2023. This means that it would permanently end the twice-yearly changing of the clocks.
Here's what it also means:
- No interrupted sleep schedules for babies, toddlers, and kids.
- No interrupted sleep schedules for moms and dads.
- No more "losing" an hour here, "gaining" an hour there.
- No more bonging coffee like it's going out of style because what day is it? What's happening?
- No more weeks-long phases of utterly losing track of your entire day because the sun is either too bright or completely consumed by cold darkness.
The unanimously-approved measure—it's important to emphasize that bipartisanship does exist because literally everyone hates daylight saving time—will have to be approved by the House of Representatives next. If the House approves it, then all President Biden has to do is scrawl his John Hancock on the bill and BAM! No more DST!
“We got it past the Senate, and now the clock is ticking to get the job done so we never have to switch our clocks again,” Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said on the Senate floor, per NBC News. “So I urge my colleagues in the House to act as swiftly as the Senate — let’s get this bill on President Biden’s desk and deliver more sunshine to Americans across the country.
The idea of "falling back" and "springing forward" began as an energy conservation plan during World War I and became a national standard in the 1960s. The concept behind it is that shifting the number of daylight hours we get into the evening would save energy and make better use of daylight. But now, with all of the different ways we use energy, many people feel it makes less sense to observe it. Even now, every state except Hawaii and Arizona currently observes daylight saving time.
Even just thinking about an extra hour of daylight in the winter months lessons my seasonal depression. Once it's dark out at 4:30 p.m., my body basically shuts down and decides we're not going to get anything else done for the rest of the day.
The bill now heads to the House, where passage would send it to President Biden's desk. Daylight saving time 2022 began Sunday and lasts until Nov. 6.