Daylight Savings: Do it again (or stop)
I hate the time changes, and as I write this my children have gone to bed an hour late and I am terrified I'll be ushering the boys into school tomorrow, shamefaced, late again. I have never seen the point and wrote about this last year.
This year lots of scientists have been writing about it, pointing out "our bodies... will experience a disturbance... one that can affect our mental and physical health. The reason lies in the clash between sensitive, eons-old biology deep within our cells, and human-imposed time-keeping traditions that are barely a century old. Twice every year, when we “spring forward” and “fall back,” our bodies must do battle between “sun time” and “social time.”"
It's always been advertised as an energy saver, but that's no longer true (if it ever actually was). "The proportion of total energy that is used for lighting is miniscule compared to other, time-independent uses like factories, computers, nuclear plants, airport radars, and other facilities that run 24/7. Energy companies themselves have measured the effect, and have concluded that DST does not save energy." Because we're "essentially jet-lagged for a few days" we experience higher rates of car accidents, workplace mishaps, inefficiency, and depression.
Last week, someone posted a petition to Whitehouse.gov to eliminate Daylight Savings time changes. I added my name to the petition; like many, I don't care which time we use, I just don't want it changing twice a year. I know the urbanMamas readers are mixed on the topic, but those whose bodies also react badly to the changes: please sign!