Mothers Against Daylight Savings Time
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Are you tired of your toddler waking up at 5 a.m. come November... or how about refusing to go to bed at a reasonable time from March through September?!
Parents everywhere are annoyed witnesses to the side effects of Daylight Savings Time (DST) time changes, and have long lamented the negative impact the bi-annual time shift has on family life. Let’s pave the way for change, and implement a policy that supports sanity in the home. No one wants to deal with a three-year-old insisting that she needs to get dressed and eat breakfast during the witching hour (they call it the witching hour because Mom turns into a witch with a capital B when DST disturbs her sleep)!
For those of you childless folks out there, this is for you too. DST does not just adversely affect young children. Almost all people experience perceptible negative side effects from DST time changes. Putting an end to DST is an issue everyone should get behind.
Losing or gaining an hour of sleep doesn't sound like a big deal, but it involves shifting a person's natural sleep cycle — their circadian rhythm. Shifting your circadian rhythm by even just one hour is disruptive for several days, as the body habituates to a new pattern, resulting in excessive tiredness, mood swings, difficulty focusing, irritability and preventable mistakes.
Time change related to DST is recognized as an error precursor and statistics show we make more mistakes on the days following a time change, than most other days. Workplaces see spikes in injuries, as well as an increase in the severity of injuries, over the days immediately following a time change. Employees are more like to make significant errors both at work, and on their way home and to the office.
In the Great White North (aka the higher latitudes), DST is a bit of a failed experiment. Because the length of day and night changes more extremely, sunrise and sunset times are significantly out of phase with standard working hours, regardless of manipulations of the clock.
Let’s not forget: Benjamin Franklin advocated for the institution of Daylight Savings Time in 1784 to help people save money by maximizing on daylight to avoid burning candles. Do you still read by candle light? I thought not.
Ontario would certainly not be the first jurisdiction to abandon Daylight Savings Time. Let’s catch up and show the world that mothers and children, and all peoples really, don’t have to suffer needlessly twice a year! Sign the petition.
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