It's about that time of the summer when you start to notice the sun going down earlier. It's definitely a bummer.

Don't fret though, there is plenty of summer to still enjoy in New Jersey.

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The fact that we are even "falling back an hour" is ridiculous. We should simply stay on Daylight Saving Time and move on.

The whole thing is antiquated. The United States has been practicing Daylight Standard and Saving Time for over 100 years, according to The Manual.

They go on to say that the reason for the time change has to do with farming. But also:

Others attribute the idea to <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">a letter</a> in The Journal of Paris written by Benjamin Franklin in 1784. In the letter, he suggests the city could save millions of pounds of candle wax if every citizen awoke at sunrise and proposes setting off cannons in the street as city-wide alarms. However, this is (thankfully) regarded as <a href=",in%20the%20Journal%20de%20Paris." target="_blank" rel="noopener">satire</a>.

Regardless of how it started, it should stop.

Being on a "fixed" standard time not only would help the brain but the body as well.

The Medium says that the one hour back and forth:

  • Daylight savings time changes increase the risk of heart disease, immune disorders, mental and behavioral disorders, and personal injuries.
  • In the days following the start of DST, the number of heart attacks in the US spikes by 24%.
  • DST can impact people’s circadian rhythms, which may cause drowsiness, moodiness, sleep problems, and other health risks.
  • The spring transition to DST increases fatal traffic accidents by 6% in the US.
  • Making daylight savings permanent would drastically reduce deer collisions on the road, killing 37,000 fewer deer each year.
  • Due to loss of sleep and productivity, one workforce consultant estimated the biannual time change costs the US over $430 million a year.
  • A study of newly implemented DST in Indiana found that the switch led to a 1% rise in residential electricity use, increasing total residential electricity bills by an estimated $9 million annually.

All of these points are incredibly important. I struggle with mental health and sunshine is very crucial to my mood. That first day of losing light is brutal.

There's even something called the "Sunshine Protection Act" that would end the time change for the majority of states. It's been passed by the Senate, but there still hasn't been movement in the House.

When does 2023 Daylight Saving Time end?


The clock will fall back an hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 5. We get an extra hour of sleep, but we lose an hour of light.

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