One of the least favorite days out of the year has to be when daylight savings time starts. Even if you go to bed an hour early, you are unlikely to make up the sleep loss. Why should we put out the effort? Here are a few reasons we should rethink this concept.
Lost Productivity: Daylight savings time was *supposed* to give us more time to do more things. As the amount of time the sun is up increases, we should take advantage of it. First, we can do that without changing the clocks. Most farmers do, they have to.
Second, studies show…prove beyond doubt…that we actually lose productivity. There are a lot of reasons for this, some of which will appear below.
Sleep Deficits: We are a nation running on caffeine and too little sleep as it is. We work hard and we play hard. Daylight savings time has been shown to make these sleep deficits worse. A lot of bad things happen when we don’t get enough sleep. One of them, of course, is lost productivity.
Heart Attacks: If you think snow shoveling creates a lot of heart attacks, just look at the week after DLS starts. The reason for this is not known, but losing an hour of sleep probably doesn’t help much.
Accidents: Call it sleep deprivation. Call it inattention. Maybe you can say it’s because the sun gets into people’s eyes more readily. The time period after daylight savings time starts shows an increase in accidents.
What should we do? Should we just keep to standard time? What do we do with all that extra daylight? Here’s something to think about. Time as we know it hasn’t always been this accurate. People didn’t need an accurate clock. You got up when the sun came up, worked until you were done (or the sun went down) and that was time.
Standardized time didn’t become important until the railroads were built. They had to have a schedule because there weren’t all that many sidings and knowing when a train was due was important. As this concept developed, we developed the world clock system. There are still places in this world that don’t have a clock and don’t care what time it is. They use the sun.
Should we go back to that? I don’t think so. Knowing the time has many benefits even if the railroads aren’t anywhere near as accurate as they used to be (ask me how I know they don’t keep to the schedule…).
I don’t think we should monkey with it. Our bodies are set up to deal with a sleep cycle. When it’s disrupted for any reason, bad things can happen. Set the time to one standard and leave it alone.