PETITION: Keep Daylight Savings Time Year-Round
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Daylight Savings Time (DST) has been practiced for decades as an effort to conserve energy, but one must remember technology has changed. DST and standard time transitions disrupt sleeping circadian cycles which impact alertness. Research has shown a clear link between workplace injuries and time adjustments with increases in strokes (American Academy of Neurology, 2016) and heart attacks (Culic, 2013).
"We therefore conclude that schedule changes, such as those involved in switches to and from Daylight Saving Time, place employees in clear and present danger. Such changes put employees in a position in which they are more likely to be injured—these injuries being especially severe, and perhaps resulting in death. It is not often that management and applied psychology researchers can highlight effects that can lead to death, but our research points in that direction. These findings beg for immediate attention given to employee schedules, sleep, and safety" (Barns & Wagner, 2009). Transitioning from DST to Standard Time leads to increased depression including exacerbating psychiatric conditions (Aarhus University, 2016) and impairs rest-activity cycles (Lahti et al., 2008).
Although it can be argued that DST will give shoppers more time to spend money, there is no reason why it can't be kept year round. This way people won't have "jet lag" issues.
Aarhus University. (2016, October 27). The transition from daylight saving time to standard time leads to depressions. ScienceDaily. Retrieved March 16, 2018 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161027115706.htm
American Academy of Neurology. (2016, February 29). Does daylight savings time increase risk of stroke? [Press release]. Retrieved from https://www.aan.com/PressRoom/Home/PressRelease/1440
Barnes, C. M., & Wagner, D. T. (2009). Changing to daylight saving time cuts into sleep and increases workplace injuries. The Journal Of Applied Psychology, 94(5), 1305-1317. doi:10.1037/a0015320
Čulić, V. (2013). Daylight saving time transitions and acute myocardial infarction. Chronobiology International, 30(5), 662-668. doi:10.3109/07420528.2013.775144
Lahti, T. A., Leppämäki, S., Lönnqvist, J., & Partonen, T. (2008). Transitions into and out of daylight saving time compromise sleep and the rest-activity cycles. BMC physiology, 8(1), 3. doi.org/10.1186/1472-6793-8-3
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