The study also indicates "Daylight Saving Time was first implemented in Canada more than 100 years ago as a way to conserve energy;" however, about 60 per cent of British Columbians incorrectly believe its goal is to provide more sunlight during waking hours.
Just a coincidence? Probably not.
Interestingly, the risk for a heart attack decreases by 21 percent in the fall, when we return to standard time and gain an hour of sleep.
This weekend, we will again be forced to comply with an archaic tradition, one that offers no benefits; in fact, "springing forward and falling back" comes with many consequences, including significant cost. "Light exposure is the single most efficient entrained for our circadian rhythm, and so, getting that light exposure sends the signal to turn off our melatonin release and helps us awaken". And night-shift workers will only get paid for seven hours of work instead of the usual eight, according to federal law.
Well folks, it's that time of year again.
For a few days before the clocks move ahead, begin to adjust the timing of other daily routines that are "time cues" for your body.
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The problems don't stop there.
Although it's a century-old idea, the policy wasn't introduced until Germany implemented it during World War I, thinking more daylight hours might help conserve energy. But more recent research suggests it's probably not saving us any megawatts of power at all. A 2008 report by the Independent Institute estimated that the annual USA "opportunity cost" of changing clocks could be as high as $1.7 billion.
"The time changes can be particularly hard for people with sleep disorders such as insomnia or for people who are shift workers and already struggle to protect enough time for sleep", he said.
ME lawmakers will consider a pair of bills next week, to end the time change in our state.
Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, and Idaho are all angling to do the same, with proposed legislation in the works. The time change is not observed in Hawaii, Arizona, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands. So while you might enjoy the extra daylight next week, be mindful about your heart and your driving.