Journal: Morning March 14, 2018

I am sure you have heard it a million times this week, but let me reiterate: I HATE DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME!

The main purpose of Daylight Saving Time (called “Summer Time” in many places in the world) is to make better use of daylight. We change our clocks during the summer months to move an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening. Countries have different change dates.

I mean, come on!  If your biggest argument in favor of the method is that “it will be daylight at 4:45 AM”… then you, my friend, are part of the problem.  I would LOVE for it to be daylight at that hour.  I could go for a walk before work (something I cannot do as it is now because I do not feel safe on our road during daylight, so during darkness is a hell-no).

I struggle with winter blues (blues in general).  Pile on a forced-upon change of sleeping pattern all at once.  This week and next is just the worst.

Some light reading on extra reasons to hate this stupid forced time change:

Daylight saving time in the US started as an energy conservation trick during World War I, and became a national standard in the 1960s.

In 1999, researchers at Johns Hopkins University and Stanford wanted to find out what happens on the road when millions of drivers have their sleep disrupted.

Analyzing 21 years of fatal car crash data from the US National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, they found a very small, but significant, increase of road deaths on the Monday after the clock shift in the spring. The number of deadly accidents jumped to an average of 83.5 on the “spring forward” Monday compared with an average of 78.2 on a typical Monday.

“We didn’t expect to see anything, actually,” Richard P. Allen, a Johns Hopkins neurologist who oversaw the study, told me in 2015. “To me it was really amazing that one hour made that difference.”

And it seems it’s not just car accidents. Since Allen’s study, evidence has mounted of an increase in incidences of workplace injuries and heart attacks in the days after we spring forward.

 

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