Daylight saving time has been a matter of debate ever since it was first proposed. While some industries gain a lot of profit from the seemingly harmless change, doctors believe that DTS is harmful to our bodies, affecting our health more than we initially believed.
Benjamin Franklin was visiting friends one fall and started to ponder on the economic advantages of turning the clock one hour back. His suggestion was revised, and it remained pending until WWI when it was officially implemented the first time. After the war, Americans were still wary of the change. However, when WWII started, DTS was once again adopted, and it remained an official provision ever since.
While the fall change offers us an extra hour of sleep, the spring one steals an hour of our day. Medical professionals believe that, while small and spread across a significant time frame, the changes have a more serious impact on our health than we care to believe.
It seems that the body’s circadian rhythm is highly affected by DTS. Some people who are more sensible when it comes to their sleep schedule can experience grogginess during the Sunday in which the change takes place.
Some studies even demonstrated that children are especially affected by DTS. The little ones tend to become more cranky and tired, the mood changes lasting for a couple of days.
A recent Swedish study demonstrated that during daylight saving time there is a spike in the number of aneurysms and heart attack. Senior citizens are more sensible to these changes, their circadian rhythm being already affected by their age.
The period from November to May is considered Standard Time, while the period from May to November is labeled as Daylight Saving Time.
According to research, during Standard Time, the number of accidents decreases. Most medical experts believe that our health would benefit more if we only followed Standard Time.
However, such a decision would affect certain businesses. Surprisingly, it seems that the golf industry befits from DTS, the extra hour bringing $400 million each year.
What is your opinion on daylight saving time? Should it be abolished per the doctors’ wishes or should it be kept as it brings a little more light during winter?
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