Wednesday, March 11, 2009

When 1 Feels More Like 5 or 6

I hate Daylight Savings Time (DST). This one has been particularly hard on Dillon and me. I have always hated and questioned the purpose of DST. Just when I get used to it (sometimes I never do), it's time to change again. Now the off time is even shorter.

The circadian rhythm shouldn't be messed with. Studies have shown negative effects from DST - even a notable increase in heart attacks following the change. Changes to our circadian rhythm have also been attributed to an increased risk to cancer. This article directly talks about working the night shift increasing cancer risk, but the underlying reason is because the shift disrupts the body's biological clock and the light and dark balance people are exposed to.

I think any "benefits" from the change are greatly outweighed by its downfalls. I have a hard enough time keeping track of that oh so illusive thing that DST really does a number on me. I want it gone for good.

2 comments:

Finding Joy in the Journey said...

It's definitely rough! I keep thinking I should move to AZ just so I don't have to deal with it. It always seems easier to adjust when we get an extra hour of sleep.

Cerra Hawkins said...

Amen to that!