Daylight Saving Time began on the second Sunday in March in the USA, and Europe’s clock change will be on March 26th.
But what are the good and bad consequences of Permanent Standard Time and Daylight Saving Time?
Daylight Saving Time is criticized for its negative effects on sleep, well-being, and health, including an increase in stroke and heart attack rates.
Supporters of Permanent Standard Time, including the Sleep Research Society and several medical organizations, argue that chronic circadian misalignment from Daylight Saving Time transitions can cause:
- Hormone dysregulation
- Altered metabolism
which can lead to various health problems.
On the other hand, supporters of permanent Daylight Saving Time argue that it can have health benefits, such as:
- Extends daylight hours in the late afternoon and evening
- Allows for safe outdoor exercise and increased physical activity
- Boosts the economy through increased consumer spending on activities like dining out and shopping
Ultimately, the decision to adopt Permanent Standard Time or Daylight Saving Time depends on balancing each option’s potential benefits and drawbacks.