Groggier than usual? Me too. Americans set their clocks ahead Saturday night and lost an hour of sleep. Springing forward creates extra sunlight in the evening. It may also effect health and safety many people are unaware of.
According to experts, there’s a rise in heart attacks during the first week of Daylight Saving Time (DST). However, when we turn our clocks back in the fall, heart attacks briefly become less frequent than usual. Drowsiness, disturbed sleeping patterns, headaches, and stress are among the complaints of those who feel negatively affected by DST. Night-owls tend to be bothered more by the time switcheroo than early-birds. Sorry to all you night-owls!
Two states—Arizona and Hawaii don’t observe DST. Indiana adopted it in 2006. Many countries use DST, but not all do so on the same day, creating confusion for international travelers and business communications. I warned my husband before he left for a trip last weekend to beware he didn’t miss his return flight on Sunday.
An Old Order Amish woman whose family owns a business in Lancaster County, PA, told me they change their clocks. She added some Amish switch by half an hour, or ignore it altogether. Her family’s cows must demand milking at the usual times. The Amish men who work at non-farm related businesses still get up at 4 to complete their chores before dashing off to their jobs.
Experts disagree on whether DST saves the nation energy. The California Energy Commission published a report in 2007 that concluded the extension of daylight saving time had little or no effect on energy consumption in California.
Have you ever arrived an hour late due to DST? Would you like to stomp your foot and say, “No, I’m not resetting the clocks, even if my computer and phone do.” A girlfriend confided she never changes some of her clocks: too much trouble and they’re ready for autumn. Should we choose one time and stick with it or continue yo-yoing twice a year?
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