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


Do we still need to do it?

The study also indicates "Daylight Saving Time was first implemented in Canada more than 100 years ago as a way to conserve energy;" however, about 60 per cent of British Columbians incorrectly believe its objective is to provide more sunlight during waking hours.

This annual small jump forward in time may make those longing for some extra daylight happy, but others find it an antiquated practice, and question its place in 21st-century life. Before it, many countries ran on solar time, which relies on the position of the sun in the sky.

Germany is credited with enacting the first daylight saving time policy in 1916 to save energy during World War I, according to Time magazine.

Even so, the other parties of the war followed suit, and the United States adopted it in 1918.

Benjamin Franklin, the brainchild of DST, proposed the idea in 1784 as a way to conserve energy, said David Prerau, author of "Seize the Daylight: The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Saving Time" (Thunder's Mouth Press, 2005). Canada and parts of Europe also observe DST, but it's called "summer time" across the pond. During the eight months we implement it, we get an hour more of sunshine in the evenings, which means we use less power.

Another study published in 2014 found that the time change was also associated with higher short-term risk of heart attack.

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A 2016 study of 300 USA metropolitan areas based on evidence from peer-reviewed academic journals by Chmura Economics and Analytics found that $434 million in annual economic losses are realized in those metro areas due to DST.

States and territories are allowed to individually opt out of observing Daylight Saving Time.

Rauscher's House Bill 43 would have the State petition the U.S. Department of Transportation to initiate proceedings under the Uniform Time Act of 1966, which would include public hearings on changing the time zone boundaries, putting Alaska permanently on Alaska Standard Time. That doesn't mean another won't be introduced later.

Studies have found that traffic accidents and workplace injuries increase on the Monday after the time change, because of tiredness.

Not everyone wants to get rid of the practice.

Being sleep deprived after switching to Daylight Saving Time can also create problems with memory, learning, social interactions, and overall cognitive performance.

Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 10 - meaning the clocks will "spring forward" an hour. While cell phones and many digital clocks adjust automatically, traditional clocks don't and, since few people feel it necessary to wait until 2 make the change, it's customary to move clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday night.