Understanding Daylight Saving vs. Standard Time

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By Megan Solensky

ERIE, Pa. (Erie News Now) – There have been several debates over whether or not we should continue to switch the clocks.

Standard time is the local time in a region.

Daylight saving time is the pushing of the clocks forward one hour during the summer months make the best use of the natural daylight during the day.

“I’m not sure if you noticed how dark it was in the morning today. If you can imagine that darkness will continue for an hour later as we went through the winter. You’d be waking up in darkness every day,” said Pediatric Sleep Psychologist Lisa Meltzer.

The Senate has unanimously passed a bill to make daylight saving time permanent in the United States, which would allow people to have more daylight in the afternoon during the winter.

This measure hit a wall in the house, as many health officials continue to push for year-round standard time.

According to sleep psychologist Lisa Meltzer, the changing of the clocks can be challenging for many people. Metzler says changing the clocks causes people to wake up earlier and be hungry at times they wouldn’t normally eat.

We asked Meltzer why health officials prefer standard time over daylight saving time.

“Permanent daylight-saving time is actually bad for our health,” said Meltzer. “It does not align with our internal clock that needs the light to help us wake up in the morning and get going. Evening light is something we enjoy, but morning light is something we physically need.”


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