Daylight Savings Is Harmful

Sarah Baird, Pawprint Staff Reporter

Daylight savings time happens twice a year, much to the chagrin of the average American. “Fall back” happens in November when people push clocks back an hour (i.e., 4 to 5), and “spring forward” happens in March – people move clocks forward an hour (i.e., 12 to 11). 

Current society does not need Daylight Savings. Its original purpose was to conserve energy during World War I. Since it appears people were more reasonable back then, most countries ended the practice after WWI and did not reinstate it until World War II. So currently, DST serves no purpose.

 Also, “spring forward” is unhealthy as it causes sleep deprivation. The harm is worse and more notable for teens. 

“[T]he effects [of spring forward] go beyond simple inconvenience,” Beth Ann Malow, a professor of neurology at Vanderbilt University, wrote. “Researchers are discovering that ‘springing ahead’ each March is connected with serious negative health effects… This is particularly notable because morning light is valuable for helping to set the body’s nased on an extensive body of research, my colleagues and I believe that the science establishing these links is strong and that the evidence makes a good case for adopting permanent standard time nationwide – as I testified at a recent Congressional hearing. It’s a permanent shift to later morning light for almost eight months …[Teenagers] are particularly susceptible to sleep problems from the extended evening light of daylight saving time.”

 Malow also explains that circadian misalignment occurs during daylight saving times. Circadian misalignment occurs when people’s biological rhythms are out of sync with the outside world. That may seem small, but severe circadian misalignment can lead to obesity, heart disease, and even breast cancer. 

Also, the sleep deprivation and confusion caused by the time shift have led to death. 

“According to data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System that was published in Current Biology, DST is linked to a six percent increase in car accidents,” the Nerenberg Law Associates’ website reads. “[They] analyzed 20 years of data and found that DST is responsible for around 28 deaths each year.” 

As the quote stated, that study looked at 20 years of data, which means DST has been responsible for around 560 deaths since 2002.   

Daylight savings is an outdated and unhealthy practice that kills people, and it’s time the government got rid of it.