Art Mauer, director of the Herbert Trackman Planetarium at Joliet Junior College, shed some light on the reasons for Daylight Saving Time.
"If we don’t do that, we’ll have the sun coming across the sky at 4:45,” Mauer said. “And those birds come alive while I’m trying to sleep.”
In South Bend, Indiana, dawn would arrive between 3 and 4 in the morning without Daylight Saving Time, Mauer said.
Mauer said Daylight Saving Time became law in the U.S. in 1996 with the Uniform Time Act. Before that, whether or not a community had Delight Saving Time was arbitrary, Mauer said.
In fact, most of Arizona is not on Daylight Saving Time, Mauer said. And neither is Hawaii, according to History.com.
Occasionally, a discussion arises about “doing away” with Daylight Saving Time, Mauer said.
But that would mean the delay of sunrise until about 8:15 a.m. in Joliet and 9:15 a.m. in South Bend, Mauer said.
Still, some people feel Daylight Saving Time should be abolished.
“It’s not supposed to be healthy, bad for your heart,” Mauer said. “It does play havoc with medications. If you’re supposed to take medicine every 12 hours and it [the time] changes, when do you take your medicine?"
Mauer said people had a similar outcry in 1752 when 11 days were removed from the calendar.
“But that’s not true," Mauer said. "All that is is a measurement.”