My kids still haven’t gotten the memo. How do you change a child’s body clock? Every day, one or the other or both, have gotten up all perky and happy at 5:15 a.m.
Did you know that neither Arizona nor Indiana participate in this insane ritual of adding/subtracting an hour? Part of me wants to move there just so I never have to change my clock again.
Our data indicate that the human circadian system does not adjust to DST and that its seasonal adaptation to the changing photoperiods is disrupted by the introduction of summer time. This disruption may extend to other aspects of seasonal biology of human. [Kanterman, et. al., click here for more compelling reading like this!]
Even the government of wise, wise, Kazakhstan has recognized the silliness of this ritual and cancelled it. Why oh why can’t our leaders be more Kazakhstanianistic? Every study on circadian rhythms only shows how much sleep disruption messes with you.
Why? I’ll tell you why. Lucre. That’s why.
- 7-Eleven stores were said to make an extra $5 million per day of DST.
- Golf courses get an extra $200-300 million annually.
- A 0.7% reduction in traffic fatalities saves a few bucks for the insurance industry.
But I ask you, is it worth it? Is it worth people coming late/early to church and being so embarrassed? Is it worth forcing yourself to stay up an extra hour or to lose that hour? Is it worth finally getting yourself all adjusted, only to have to adjust again? Please. Who can fix this. Can California opt out? Where do I sign? Can we start a movement? Are you with me? or are you with me?