Clock Talk: The Story Behind Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time adjustments could lead to health risks, studies say

True or false: Daylight Saving Time was created to provide more sunlight during the hours we're awake.

Just a coincidence? Probably not. The clocks change again on Sunday, November 3, so you have something to look forward to/dread again.

This weekend, we will again be forced to comply with an archaic tradition, one that offers no benefits; in fact, "springing forward and falling back" comes with many consequences, including significant cost. On average, Americans lose 40 minutes of sleep when we set the clocks ahead in the spring.

The clock changes can also raise the risk of accidents by sleep-deprived motorists. A study published previous year found daylight saving time transitions may be tied to an increased risk of a common type of stroke. Remember, it's "spring forward, fall back", baby. With about a dozen clocks to change, the process begins on the Friday before the time-change and can take a few days to complete.

"The brain, by way of attention lapses and micro-sleeps, is just as sensitive as the heart to very small perturbations of sleep", Walker explains in his book.

The additional power usage cost IN power users $9 million a year and increased pollution, to boot, the researchers found. Studies have also shown that when it is lighter out longer, people spend more time outside.

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Not everyone in the United States follows it either.

The poll suggested 35 per cent of British Columbians believe the time shift has a negative effect, with many saying it impacts their sleep.

Residents and lawmakers in California and Florida are also trying to ditch the switch.

- Those thinking of another way: ME cooked up a little workaround to federal approval: Lawmakers there passed a bill to simply move into a whole new time zone (Atlantic Standard Time) and then opt out of DST, which states can choose to do (the state Senate later added a change that stalled its taking effect).

Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, and Idaho are all angling to do the same, with proposed legislation in the works.

Badr notes that the daylight saving time adjustment can be harder on some people than on others.

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