What is the Sun Protection Law and how would it affect daylight saving time? – NBC Chicago

In just under two weeks, the clocks will roll back to standard time, ending the summer time period that lasts from mid-March to early November each year.

Still, legislation that was unanimously passed by the Senate earlier this year, known as the Sunshine Protection Act, would effectively eliminate the seasonal change in clocks and make daylight saving time permanent.

Despite overwhelming Senate support, the bill would still need the approval of the House of Representatives and President Joe Biden to take effect. According to an article by The Hill in July, passage of the bill is currently unlikely.

“We have so many other priorities, but that doesn’t mean because it’s not a priority that we’re not trying to work on it. We are,” said NJ Democratic Congressman Frank Pallone, later adding, “If we can accomplish anything, it won’t be until the fall.

According to Reuters, at least 30 states have introduced legislation to end the practice of daylight saving time each year, and Pallone cited a study suggesting that 71% of Americans support ending daylight saving time each year.

Supporters of the bill, including co-sponsor Senator Marco Rubio, said giving children an extra hour of sunshine after school will lead to safer trips home, more time spent indoors. outdoors and other health benefits. He also argued that there would be economic benefits to such a change.

But some experts say permanent standard time might be more beneficial.

If the Sunshine Protection Act were to go into effect, northern regions of the United States would be disproportionately affected during the winter months, according to the AASM.

“Parts of Montana, North Dakota and Michigan would not see sunrise until after 9:30 a.m. during the winter months,” the American Academy of Sleep Medicine said, if the country adopted daylight saving time. been permanent.

Standard time is used in the United States from early November to mid-March, and is also used year-round in more than 60% of countries around the world, according to the Time and Date website.

According to the Illinois-based AASM, standard time may be more in line with our body’s internal clock.

“The daily cycle of natural light and darkness is the strongest timing signal to synchronize our body’s internal clock,” says the AASM. “When we receive more light in the morning and more darkness in the evening, our body and nature are better aligned, making it easier to wake up for our daily activities and fall asleep at night. Daylight saving time disrupts our internal clock, sleep loss and poor sleep quality, which in turn lead to negative health consequences.”

“More populated cities would also be affected by darker mornings – with permanent DST, sunrise would not occur until 8:20 a.m. in New York in January. In Los Angeles, sunrise in January would be at nearly 8 a.m., and in Minneapolis, sunrise would be near 9 a.m.

AASM experts go on to say that seasonal time changes are generally unhealthy. According to the AASM, the changes have been linked to an increase in strokes, hospitalizations and cardiovascular events.

“One study found a reduction in the rate of cardiovascular events during standard time in particular, suggesting that the chronic effects of daylight saving time may lead to a higher risk of adverse health problems compared to daylight saving time. ‘standard time,’ the report says.

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