End Daylight Savings Time

By the time you read this Daylight Savings Time will have taken effect and I will be in full-on bitch mode (actually, I’ll probably still be sleeping). So, I’m writing this now while I am merely in angry dread, but not yet feeling the effects of this most loathsome practice of changing the clocks in order to delude ourselves with the idea that it gives us “an extra hour” every day, somehow pulled from the ether, that we otherwise would not have.

Normally I do no do personal rants here. This particular issue bears an exception. I’ll refrain from going on and on about all of the personal reasons why I hate DST, and just give you a few facts on why it is a bad thing for everyone.

Daylight Savings Time causes heart attacks. “In the spring, the number of heart attacks spiked on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday after daylight saving time began. The increases ranged from 6% to 10%.” DST disrupts our circadian rhythms, causing sleep deprivation both from lost sleep and poor quality sleep, and it causes an increase in suicides.

Daylight Savings Time is not better for the environment (the current excuse for its existence). It actually causes us to use more energy running air conditioners later in the summer, and heating homes in cooler climates in the mornings. Recent studies in Indiana and Australia both found that DST increased energy use. It also means people are out and about driving more in the evenings. In fact, in the 1930’s the petroleum industry was one of the big supporters of DST.

Daylight Savings Time causes traffic accidents. A 1998 study found that traffic accidents increase by 17% on the Monday morning following the switch to DST.

Daylight Savings Time is bad for farmers, especially dairy farmers.

What can you do to end daylight savings time? Write to your representatives. You can sign petitions to end DST here, here and here.

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