Description: Last weekend we moved our clocks ahead one hour as part of daylight savings time (at least most of us did, and now people in Saskatchewan who did not move their clocks advantage being on the same time as Alberta). How do you feel? What sort of physical or psychological consequences might you hypothesize could arise when everybody effectively jumps forward in time one hour?
Source: Why daylight saving time can be bad for your health, Ashley Strickland, CNN, Health.
Date: March 11, 2016
Links: Article Link — http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/11/health/daylight-saving-time-health-effects/
Given that most of us do not really require an extra hour of daylight every day in order to get on with the activities around our farms one wonders sometimes about the utility of the annual shift to daylight saving time in the second week of March. Given that shift causes a number of people to lose some sleep and have their schedules somewhat disrupted is interesting to note some of the health factors that seem to be associated with the shift to daylight saving time. A study from Finland suggested that the overall stroke rate and cancer victims increased by 25% and the rate among individuals over 65 years of age jumped by 20% in the same today. Clearly there some sort of an effect care. A review of studies related to public health policy is also suggested that the time change can be linked to workplace injuries, auto accidents, and even have an impact on moral decision-making. There are number of things one can do to mitigate the impact of the time change. Have a look at the linked article for an overview of some of these self-help steps.
Questions for Discussion:
- What sorts of negative physical and psychological effects have been linked to the time change associated with daylight saving time?
- What sort of rationale, if any, might you offer in support of (or against) daylight saving time?
- From a psychological perspective, what sort of things should people do to mitigate the impact of daylight saving time changes?
References (Read Further):
Sarkar, J., Schaffner, M., Torgler, B., & Dulleck, U. (2015). Attention and Risk Aversion following Transition to Daylight Saving Time: A First Experimental Investigation (No. 030). QUT Business School.
Čulić, V. (2016). Daylight saving time and myocardial infarction in Finland. Annals of medicine, 1.
Jin, L., & Ziebarth, N. R. (2015). Sleep and Human Capital: Evidence from Daylight Saving Time (No. 15/27). HEDG, c/o Department of Economics, University of York.