Everyone sets the clock back during the Daylight Saving Time, but few people know why. When this method was first introduced, farmers were most affected because they had less than an hour of sunlight to work in their crops.
Also, this hour change affects cow behavior, as they are used to be milked on a regular schedule. Although there is a common misconception that moving the clock helps people conserve energy, Daylight Saving Time was introduced between 1974 and 1975, to tackle the massive energy crisis.
Later in 2005, U.S. officials adopted this approach for a month to reduce energy costs, but it turned out to be quite ineffective because electric bills were almost the same. Daylight Saving Time means that the people have to use more electrical devices indoors.
In other words, this method is not cheaper. Benjamin Franklin is the first man that came up with this idea back in 1784, but it was first introduced in Germany in 1916, in the middle of the World War I.
Even if President Woodrow Wilson tried to introduce Daylight Saving Time across the United States in 1918, the law was repealed after seven months, but it was relaunched by President Roosevelt in 1942.
However, it was President Johnson who made it official in 1966. It is worth mentioning that the U.S. Virgin Islands, Northern Marianas, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and Arizona do not use Daylight Saving Time.
Also, some locations in Indiana adopted this law statewide only in 2006. Other states across the country have previously initiated some projects that aimed to abandon this method over the past few years, but it’s almost impossible for the time being because Daylight Saving Time is widely spread throughout the world as well.
More precisely, there are already 70 countries which adopted this law, based on the estimates. Doctors underline that some people suffer from a rare condition called seasonal affective disorder, which manifests as a form of depression during the time changes.
This disorder occurs due to sleep cycle changes. Some people have higher risks of suffering the consequences of Daylight Saving Time, including cardiovascular conditions such as heart attacks. Also, it sometimes leads to a malfunctioning of medical equipment.
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