Daylight Saving Time is hazardous to your health

Most readers of this blog will now be on Daylight Saving Time. Here in Saskatchewan we didn’t set our clocks ahead. When I was a boy, the province was on Mountain Time and towns and cities could choose whether to go on Daylight Saving Time. In addition, the eastern half of the province lies in the Central Time zone and some towns there opted for Central Time. It made for much confusion, even on a short trip. The frustration prompted a decision to place the whole province on Central Standard Time year round.

Research suggests that Saskatchewan may be on to something. Setting clocks ahead for DST messes up our biological rhythms, which can be disruptive for people who have difficulty getting to sleep. Besides insomnia, the studies note an 11% increase in traffic accidents in the week following the time change, an increase in workplace accidents and a 55% increase in heart attacks. A move to Saskatchewan (or Indiana, or Arizona) would eliminate that stress. (I am not aware of any studies on the effects of the stress caused by relocating.)

4 thoughts on “Daylight Saving Time is hazardous to your health

  1. New Mexico is trying to never go back off DST. This will effectively move us from mountain time to central time with no day light savings time. I sure hope this passes!

  2. That makes sense, New Mexico is straight south of Saskatchewan. I much prefer not having to change time. However, the atomic clock at church isn’t programmed to ignore the time change and automatically jumps ahead and needs to be reset when other places go on DST.

  3. I grew up in a county in Indiana that didn’t participate in DST, but it bordered a county that did. And since I worked in Louisville, KY and went to school in Clark County, IN, both of which did DST, my brain was constantly adding and subtracting an hour. I’d get off work at 6am and, after an hour drive home, I’d go to bed at 6am. Those weren’t fun times! Indiana changed a few years ago and now the whole state participates in the jump forward (or back.)

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