NEW YORK — Seven in 10 Americans are “dreading” changing their clocks and “falling back” as Daylight Saving Time ends. According to a StudyFinds.com survey of 1,000 adults, aimed at revealing the country’s sentiment regarding these pesky time changes, 70 percent aren’t looking forward to their extra hour of sleep.
Of those firmly against falling back, their biggest complaint is the fact that it gets bright outside too early in the morning (68%). Other problems with the end of DST include its effects on people’s sleep schedules (60%), affecting their mental health (50%), and, of course, that it gets dark too early (50%).
Interestingly, 64 percent of those polled voiced their support for springing forward, when DST starts back up in March.
Many Americans prepare ahead of time to get ready for the time change by creating a nighttime routine (56%), sticking to a consistent sleep schedule (55%), limiting their screen time (44%), and even watching their caffeine, alcohol, and snack intake before bed (43%).
Falling back is a safety concern that’s stressing out parents
Seven in 10 parents in the poll believe it would be safer for their children if they never had to change the clocks at all. Other parental stresses around Daylight Savings Time ending include having to adjust their sleep schedule (56%), their child’s sleep being disrupted (52%), and worrying about their child’s safety outside when it gets dark earlier (51%).
Forty-three percent are worried about their own sleep being disrupted, and over one in three get stressed about adjusting their child’s schedule.
When it comes to what should happen with Daylight Savings Time, 40 percent of those polled believe it should be permanent with no more changing of the clocks. Curiously, 37 percent think we should continue to observe DST in the same way we currently do.
So, who gets the blame for falling back?
As if their approval rating couldn’t fall any lower, you guessed it, it’s Congress!
The U.S. Senate passed a vote last year making Daylight Savings Time permanent but it has since floundered in the House of Representatives. Nearly six in 10 people are still holding out hope that the House addresses this issue. Overall, 59 percent say they hope it finally receives a proper vote soon.
Although the practice is intended to make better use of daylight and reduce energy consumption, not all states in the United States observe DST.
Arizona and Hawaii are the only two states that do not observe DST. Arizona opted out of DST in 1968, citing the extreme heat of the summer months and the lack of energy savings. Hawaii never adopted DST in the first place, due to its proximity to the equator and the fact that it experiences less variation in daylight hours throughout the year.
This random double-opt-in survey of 1,000 general population Americans was commissioned by StudyFinds on October 31, 2023. It was conducted by market research company OnePoll, whose team members are members of the Market Research Society and have corporate membership to the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) and the European Society for Opinion and Marketing Research (ESOMAR).