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.  LED lights have replaced incandescent bulbs and are already cost effective.  Researchers of the American Academy of Neurology have found that a person is more likely to have a heart attack or stroke during the first two days after DST transitioned (2016). Cardiology research has also confirmed DST has a link with increased heart attack (Culic, 2013). 


DST disrupts sleeping circadian cycles which impact alertness. Research has shown a clear link between workplace injuries and DST. 

 

"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, because, as this study reveals, Daylight Saving Time may save daylight, but not without painful costs" (Barns & Wagner, 2009).

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.

References:

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

 



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