Daylight-Saving Time – Yay or Nay?
As we adjust to new routines with summer vacations behind us, back to school this week, plus the start of fall in a couple of weeks…we’ll soon be ‘falling’ back, and moving our clocks back one hour on November 1st, with the return of standard time. 70 or so countries take part in Daylight Saving Time with us here in Canada.
Sleep experts; scientists from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine want to scrap the practice, saying it’s not good for our health. The body’s sleep/wake cycle is triggered by exposure to light; particularly daylight. But one of the effects of daylight-saving is that the early part of the day is darker than usual while the end of the day stays lighter for longer. Disrupted sleep can have detrimental health effects. Increased stress, mood disorders, and memory loss can all come from not getting enough sleep. The AASM believes the world should move to year-round standard time to most closely match the body’s natural rhythm. Increased stress, mood disorders, and memory loss can all come from not getting enough sleep.
Read the full article here.
What do you think of the ‘spring ahead’ ‘fall behind’ Daylight Saving Time? Time to ditch it?