Daylight saving time is damaging to our health, according to experts. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has called for it to be abolished due to the damage changing clocks does to our sleep patterns. Poor sleep is linked to several chronic health problems, including type II diabetes and depression. One problem is, the eastern parts of the country need daylight saving time to have sunlight late in the day during winter. One solution would be to have year-round daylight saving time, but this would upset those favoring year-round standard time.
- While changing the clocks has some benefits such as reducing energy consumption, it is extremely harmful to people’s health.
- The most significant impact on health pertains to poor sleep quality, and it often takes days for people to recover.
- Scientists and other medical professionals are calling for a shift to standard time and have started a movement called Lock the Clock.
“We’ve had evidence slowly building up over the years, in terms of the adverse effects when we move from daylight saving time to standard time, and vice versa,” said AASM President Dr. Kannan Ramar, a sleep medicine specialist at the Mayo Clinic.”