Thoughts and observations on Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Saving Time creates all kinds of problems and doesn’t fulfill its objectives. In this regard it is just like ObamaCare and many other big government programs. All sorts of promises were made to get it passed, and the law delivers on none of them. The costs are higher than projected and the problems are not solved, and yet there are still people that defend it ferociously.

Daylight Savings Time is similar to having a blanket on your bed that is too short and doesn’t cover your feet, so you cut off the top of the blanket and sew it onto the bottom. This doesn’t increase the length of the blanket, but it makes you feel good that at least you are trying to solve the problem.

While there are some claimed benefits to daylight savings time, all of them only had any semblance of merit before the advent of modern electric power distribution. It is both easy and cheap to conduct activities around the clock despite the location of the earth’s rotation in respect to the sun.

The downsides of Daylight Saving Time are plentiful including very real life, health, cost, and safety concerns.
• Sleeping disorders are triggered by changing sleep habits both losing and gaining an hour
• Changes in sleeping schedule typically impact people for 3 weeks until there are able to re-accustom themselves to the time change. This is a total of 6 week or 12% of the calendar year that people have to endure unnecessary sleep problems.
• Loss of productivity and work efficiency triggered twice a year
• Spike in heart attacks during the loss of an hour of sleep in the spring that is not reduced by the gaining of an hour of sleep in the fall
• Deadly car crashes double. This is especially pronounced here in Utah with many east – west streets. Driving into the sun is repeated before and after the time change when school children are walking to school during sunrise.
• Losing an hour of sleep also contributes to drowsy driving which is not offset by drivers getting more sleep in the fall
• Increased workplace injuries including industrial accidents
• Suicides increase after time changes
• Estimates are that the twice a year changes cost the US two billion dollars
• Increased migraine headaches
• Increase illness due to decreased immunity from sleep loss
• Missed meetings and game start times when people forget to change their clocks

We should evaluate Daylight Saving Time and other ‘busywork’ activity, government program, and tradition to make sure that we doing the right things.

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Comment by David Lifferth on July 29, 2014 at 4:43pm

Mr. Lifferth,

I read your article in the Crossroads Journal and would like to let you know how much I agree with what you said about Daylight Savings Time.   I am a kindergarten teacher and two of the most dreaded times of the year are the weeks following the time we "spring forward" and "fall back".  DST does take a toll on little bodies and minds and older bodies and minds.  I have first hand proof and bear the brunt of this silly and antiquated law.  It definitely is "time" to either get rid of DST or stay on it all year long.  No more flip flopping for the state of Utah!

[Name withheld upon request]


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