Most of the nation rolls the clock back an hour this weekend, but not Arizona. With the exception of the Navajo Nation, our state does not move the clocks ahead in the spring or move them back in the fall. And that may help Arizonans because some researchers now believe changing the clock can affect our physical and mental health.
It’s easy to wonder if the sudden jolt in time is detrimental to your health. After all, the doctor doesn’t recommend a good night’s sleep for no reason.
Joseph Gannon, 29, Chief Sleep Physiologist and Clinical Lead at The Sleep Disorders Clinic believes the sudden change can be cause for concern, though mainly for a minority of people with underlying health conditions. ‘If you’re healthy, have a good amount of sleep and are young, there’s not too much of a consequence,’ he says. ‘The people it can affect are those that are already sleep deprived, particularly with conditions such as sleep apnea.’
Quartz.com added, “There are well-documented costs of changing clocks each year, including car accidents and heightened stress. Not every country, or even state, observes twice-yearly time changes, and those that do, change clocks on different days. It creates a semi-annual state of chaos.”
Concerns about the clock changes have grown to the point that several states are now considering a change to daylight savings time. U.S. News & World Report wrote:
Massachusetts is considering springing forward — and staying there.
Citing potential economic benefits and a boon to public health, the state has commissioned an 11-member panel to study whether the state should adopt year-round daylight saving time, NBC reported. Instead of setting its clocks one hour ahead and one hour behind March and November, the state would permanently join the Atlantic Time Zone, ushering in more hours of sunlight during the later months.
Weather.com added that Maine and New Hampshire are also considering plans to eliminate daylight savings time.
So, why doesn’t Arizona recognize daylight saving time? According to KPNX-TV in Phoenix…..
DST started when “war time” was established in the U.S. in 1918 to save fuel during World War I.
In Arizona, Maricopa County supervisors refused to accept the change. In 1919, Phoenix and the rest of the state observed different time zones.
War time, or daylight-saving time, was reinstated in World War II. It was brought back permanently in the Uniform Time Act of 1966.
Arizona participated for one summer. Then we realized what an awful idea it was to have more sunlight in the evening. Longer sunlight means more air conditioning and more energy used. And more misery.
In a nearly unanimous vote, Arizona legislators agreed to opt out of daylight-saving time in 1967.
As we mentioned earlier, the Navajo nation does recognize daylight saving time so some parts of our state will be an hour behind the rest of it throughout the winter.
Share your thoughts on our state’s decision not to recognize daylights savings time. Do you believe it is better for our health? After all, finding ways to keep Arizonans healthy will help us take another step toward our long-term goal of making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!