Daylight Savings Time is bad for health, scientists say

No longer turning back the clocks could have environmental benefits too


Countries in Europe, North America and the Middle East put their clocks back an hour at the start of winter, which makes it lighter by the time most people get up to start the day, but it means afternoons lose an hour of daylight, which some experts argue is a bad idea, Reuters reports. In Northern regions, the resources used to create light, and the limit it puts on outdoor activities, are bad for our health and the environment, they say. Leaving the clocks alone would give us an extra hour of afternoon daylight, boosting levels of vitamin D and encouraging people to exercise more. One study, in Scotland, found that doing so would save 300 extra hours of daylight in a year, providing benefits to nearly everyone in the population at no cost.


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Daylight Savings Time is bad for health, scientists say

  1. Schools in East Central Europe usually start at 8 am and end at 1:30 pm. In Canada they start at 8:30 or 9 am and end at 3 or 3:30 pm. Kids in Europe still have time to play outside after school.

  2. I agree. We should be on DST all year round, and stop this silly constant changing about.

    Winter is dark and cold enough as it is without making it harder on ourselves.

    • PS….the headline needs to be changed….the article is pro-DST.

      • I've never quite understood why the so-called Standard Time seems like a way worse idea than the Daylight Savings time.

        • It came first I guess, and then we improved it with DST but don't seem to have enough sense to stick solely with the new.

      • I was about to say the same thing. :)

  3. The people who would be negatively effected by remaining on Daylight Savings Time in the winter are those who work the hours of 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. They would likely go to work in the dark and come home in the dark. However, I must say that I too would prefer to remain on DST, especially because the change in the spring is difficult. Apparently there are many problems caused by sleep deprivation related to the loss of the hour of sleep including an increase in car accidents.

  4. I'd prefer to remain on Standard Time. The dark mornings are more depressing than dark evenings. Makes it hard to get up and feel lively.

  5. "One study, in Scotland, found that doing so would save 300 extra hours of daylight in a year, providing benefits to nearly everyone in the population at no cost."

    Does anyone read over statistics anymore? Or are we numb to them. Staying on DST all year wouldn't change the amount of daylight we get each day, just change the time of day it is light. And so – if you rise late when the sun is already up, you would be experiencing one more hour of daylight each day. Equal to 365 bonus hours. Fairly practical. To state that we would 'save' 300 hours of daylight a year is a preposterous fact included just to 'add the hard data'.

    • While I lived in Queensland Australia in 1991, there was a hot debate about DST. Someone wrote a letter to the editor in all seriousness that it would fade her drapes and upholstery. It didn't end up going through there.

  6. Standard Time fixes noon as the moment when the sun is approximately right above your time zone. Time Zones did away with noon being several minutes apart between Montreal and Toronto. And I guess NL still gets a kick out of being halfway to nowhere.

    Farmers couldn't care less what the clocks of us dumb city folk happen to be saying; they just use daylight to maximum advantage.

    DST is no more helpful than all of us agreeing to move our workday from 9-5 to 8-4. It is how we schedule our own routines that "win" or "lose" daylight for specific activities. Mother Earth ain't shifting her tilting tendencies anytime soon, there are still 24 hours in a day, and we humans can smarten up without this semi-annual silliness.

    But, then, how would we ever remember to change the batteries in our smoke alarms?

  7. The correct term is 'Daylight Saving Time" because the purpose of the measure is the "saving" of daylight. "Savings" are what you have/should have in the bank!

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