End Daylight Savings in Oklahoma

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At 2:00 am on Sunday, March 12th, 2017 most of us in Oklahoma changed our clocks back to an hour ahead. And why? So we can all lose an hour of sleep? Because of our body's biological clock it can put us in imbalance for days by changing the clock to one hour ahead. The reason for this is because of what is known as our circadian pattern.

It's well known that air travel through several time zones causes "jet-lag" because it takes us outside our circadian pattern. When the alarm goes off at 7am, our body really wants to stay curled up in bed because it's really only 6 in the morning. Within a 24 hour circadian cycle, a person typically sleeps around 8 hours and is awake 16. While awake physical and mental functions are most active and tissue cell growth increases. During sleep, voluntary muscle activities nearly disappear and there is a decrease in metabolic rate, respiration, heart rate, body temperature, and blood pressure. The activity of the digestive system increases while asleep, but that of the urinary system decrease. Hormones, such as the stimulant adrenaline, are released in maximal levels about two hours before awakening so that the body is prepared for activity. Taking away an hour of sleep and jolting you awake in the predawn darkness is simply bad for your health, especially if you are elderly or have a heart condition, researchers noted. A study(1) published for the American College of Cardiology shows the switching of clocks in the spring causes a 25% jump in heart attacks in the few days following the switch, confirming an earlier study(2) that pointed out the shift in time can disrupt the quality of sleep and biological rhythms.

Supporters of Daylight Saving Time claim an advantage is energy savings. The theory goes that people will use less energy because when they get home from work there will be more daylight and, therefore, less need for lighting. However, a 2008 study(3) reported that daylight saving time reduces annual energy use by about 0.03%. And found it might even increase energy consumption. The U.S. government started moving into and out of "Daylight Saving Time" during World War I to copy the Germans, who said they were doing it to save fuel. When the war ended, the U.S. government ended up repealing the law since it proved unpopular. Then during WWII, the government brought back daylight savings with the notion that it would somehow conserve resources. After Daylight Saving Time remained unchanged. (4)

Another negative side of Daylight Saving Time is that workplace injuries and traffic accidents increase more than 5% on the first Monday after clocks move forward, according to researchers at Michigan State University. On average we lose about 40 minutes of sleep in that period and are more vulnerable to accidents.

A poll done in 2014 (5) found that a declining percentage of adults in the United States, just 33%, think daylight saving time is "worth the hassle." Yes, it's good for the longer summer days to have more sunlight, we get outside more and enjoy the extra light. So why not just keep the light? Then the myth that farmers advocated for daylight savings, is well a myth. In fact they were against changing the time and said that it made them less productive in their farming.

What I propose is that we no loner follow daylight savings time switch in Oklahoma and also do not switch the clocks back an hour in the fall. Basically, let's keep our clocks the same all year just as two states already do, Arizona and Hawaii.

LET'S RECAP:
1.)The our one hour time swift changes our bodies biological and circadian pattern causing a disruption in our quality of much needed sleep.
2.)This in turn effects all functions of our body including the digestive system, heart rate, respiration, body temperature, urinary system and so on. In a nutshell, it isn't healthy for us.
3.)Daylight Savings not only doesn't save energy like supporters of daylight savings point out, it in fact increases consumption.
4.)Increases heart attacks and traffic accidents

Please consider signing my petition to end Daylight Savings once and for all in Oklahoma. Thank you.

References:
1.) Daylight saving impacts the timing of heart attacks: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-03/acoc-dsi032714.php
2.) Shifts to and from Daylight Saving Time and Incidence of Myocardial Infarction: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc0807104
3.)Does Daylight Saving Time Save Energy? Evidence from a natural experiment in Indiana. http://www.nber.org/papers/w14429.pdf
4.) History of Daylight Saving Time: https://www.timeanddate.com/time/dst/history.html
5.) Just 33% See the Purpose of Daylight Saving: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/lifestyle/general_lifestyle/march_2014/just_33_see_the_purpose_of_daylight_saving_time

 



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