Saving the Day


North America and Europe are the two main continents affected by daylight savings time.

When waking up in the morning, most people pull themselves out of bed and start their morning routine, whether it be making breakfast, getting a coffee, or taking a shower. Regardless, every morning people have to wake up and complete their schedules. This is where daylight savings time comes in.

With daylight savings time in full effect, the sun is setting at 5:52 PM. (Chandler Achey)

So, this raises the question: if people have to get up anyway and complete a routine, why do they need to have all the daylight early in the morning? Although, when it is so dark at 6:00 PM, people are bound to drift to sleep earlier.

“The day feels shorter with the sun being out for a shorter time,” junior Joseph Argueta said.

High school students get out of school anywhere from 3:00 PM to 3:35 PM. When a student has practice after school or an extracurricular activity that they have to be at, by the time they get out of that, it is usually pitch black. Most people at this age still have to be home before it gets dark, leaving no time for themselves.

“My mom wants me home before dark, so it’s difficult to go out after six because it gets dark then,” Argueta said.

Although it does go both ways because individuals have different schedules. If someone gets off work at 8:00 PM, it is likely they won’t stay up late because it will be dark when leaving.

“I go to sleep earlier when I don’t have work,” senior Kayla Reyes said.

On the other hand, during the weekends, they may feel like they had a very productive day or morning. The first half of the day is when people like to get stuff done so they can relax at the end of the day. With a substantial amount of light in the morning, people tend to be awake earlier or get things done.

“We have more light in the mornings, so I’m up earlier on the weekends,” Reyes said.

With all the daylight being in the morning from a student perspective, it may be unenjoyable since events are typically all after school.

“The day feels shorter due to all the things I need to be at in the second half of my day,” junior Nick Todd said.