Mar 13

Who was Copernicus?

My frustration with the time change has been perennially documented in the pages of this blog, also see here. Changing the time on the face of a clock biennially doesn’t change the number of daylight hours in a 24 hour period.

Today, in the U.S. we return to the task of changing the time on our clocks as we enter into the spring season. I am among the many millions of Americans who despise this silly ritual. In fact, this past winter I chose to not change the clocks in my house, although the computers change the time automatically.

Disrupting the circadian rhythm is not healthy. Here is a link showing the connection to heart attack and another which reveals more adverse health effects associated with the seasonal clock change. This piece shares information about the apparent spike in deadly car crashes that follow the adjustment from Daylight Savings Time.

This one hour time change causes havoc with children as they “lose” an hour of sleep at this time of year and teachers dread it. It can take a few days for school kids to adjust their natural sleep pattern. Read here for some tips to mitigate the effects of this disruption.

Who was Copernicus?


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    • Lara on May 9, 2016 at 8:59 pm
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    Lots of countries have such seasonal time change, we don’t have this in China, but the purpose at the very beginning is to saving electricity fully utilize the daylight.

    1. Hi Lara,
      Nice to hear from you. I hear you are in Australia now…exciting!
      Until you live in a place where a seasonal clock adjustment is standard, it may be difficult to imagine just how much of a nuisance it is! I think studies have demonstrated that the myth of “saving electricity” is just that – a myth. In any event, there are a large number of people that see the time change as useless or cumbersome. Whatever savings that may be had don’t seem to out-weigh the cost (nuisance).

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