EU to keep Daylight Saving Time all year round to benefit of light during day & afternoon
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In nowadays' life DST (Daylight saving time) seems to be a better choice for several reasons and should be kept all year round, and not only during summer.
- DST has mixed effects on health. In societies with fixed work schedules it provides more afternoon sunlight for outdoor exercise.
- Changing time twice a year is economically and socially disruptive and cancels out any benefit: clock shifts were found to increase the risk of heart attack by 10 percent, and to disrupt sleep and reduce its efficiency. Effects on seasonal adaptation of the circadian rhythm can be severe and last for weeks.
- A 2007 study estimated that winter daylight saving would prevent a 2% increase in average daily electricity consumption in Great Britain.
A move to "permanent daylight saving time" (staying on summer hours all year with no time shifts) is sometimes advocated, and has in fact been implemented in some jurisdictions such as Argentina, Chile, Iceland, Singapore, Uzbekistan, Belarus and Turkey. It could be a result of following the timezone of neighbouring region, political will or other causes. Advocates cite the same advantages as normal DST without the problems associated with the twice yearly time shifts.
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