My apologies because I need to vent. I don’t know about you, but I’m so done with the time changes. It takes several days for my body to adjust to the DST change which, as everyone knows, took place yesterday. Is it not time to get rid of it? A couple of provinces here in Canada and a couple of states in the U.S. don’t change. In fact 39 states have written to eliminate the time changes. So why do we have to continue to suffer?
Before I make my case for staying with one time or the other, here’s a little history. The first recorded time change in the modern era took place July 1, 1908 in Port Arthur, Canada. Gradually some other places adopted the practice. It wasn’t until 1916 that Germany incorporated DST. Soon other European countries followed. At the time it was to save the use of fuel during the war. When the war ended, they returned to standard time. DST wasn’t used again until WW2.
Although modern DST has only been used for about 100 years, ancient civilizations are known to have engaged in comparable practices thousands of years ago. For example, the Roman water clocks used different scales for different months of the year to adjust the daily schedules to the solar time
Now for reasons to cancel one of the time changes. A century ago, when DST was introduced, more daylight was a good thing because it meant less use of artificial light, helping to save energy. Modern society, with its computers, TV-screens, and air conditioning units uses more energy, no matter if the Sun is up or not. Today, the amount of energy saved from DST is negligible.
When Indiana decided to introduce DST in 2006, a study found that the measure actually increased energy use in the state.
Changing the time, even if it is only by 1 hour, disrupts our body clocks or circadian rhythm. For most people, the resulting tiredness is simply an inconvenience. For some, however, the time change can have more serious consequences.
Studies link the lack of sleep at the start of DST to car accidents, workplace injuries, suicide, and miscarriages.
The early evening darkness after the end of the DST period is linked to depression.
The risk of suffering a heart attack is also increased when DST begins.
Setting your clock forward 1 hour for DST in spring might mean losing an hour of sleep on the morning after the change. For some people, this may just be a minor annoyance. However, the lack of sleep can have unfortunate effects in those predisposed.
A Swedish study found that the risk of having a heart attack increases in the first 3 weekdays after switching to DST in the spring.
Tiredness induced by the clock change is thought to be the main cause for the increase in traffic accidents on the Monday following the start of DST.
On Mondays after the start of DST there were more workplace injuries, and the injuries were of greater severity compared with other Mondays.
I would like to add the poignant words of my good friend, Ben Franklin. “Lost time is never found again.” You got that, you who make us turn the clocks ahead.
Losing 1 hour of afternoon daylight after setting the clocks back to standard time can trigger mental illness, including bipolar disorder, and seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as winter depression.
A Danish study found an 11% increase in depression cases after the time seasonal change. The cases dissipated gradually after 10 weeks.
Australian study found that male suicide rates increased the days after the spring and fall DST shift.
I’m sure there some positives to the time changes. However, they are not convincing enough to make me change my position. So government people, Father Time, Clock Men,* the Mad Hatter or whoever’s in charge, it’s time to stop messing with time. Give us either Standard time or Daylight Saving time* and let it be. End of vent.
*The Clock Men are a pair of robot masters with time manipulation abilities.
*To be accurate, there is no ‘s’ at the end of ‘saving.’
Comments are welcomed.