Daylight Savings seems to be more dangerous then we think.

The TallTale Writer, Editor

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Daylight savings is a timely tradition that has been around since forever. It seems that a little time change couldn’t hurt us, right? All that changes in time is “gaining” an extra hour of light. However, it seems to actually make a big difference in our health. People are literally dying because of this time change.

According to various documents and sources, it seems that every Monday after the spring time switch, there is a 24% spike in heart attacks in the U.S. One would think this is just a coincidence, but it seems not. The opposite happens a day after we turn back our clocks. Heart attack visits drop by 21%. Now, researchers are starting to see how fragile and important sleep is.

It is because of the sleep deprivation that other health problems start to arise. Problems like car crashes, depression, and even work accidents occurs because of Daylight savings. In a recent study done on the time change and car crashes, results showed a report of a stunning 6.3% increase in car crashes within the first 6 days. The effect of the time change and mental health has also been recently studied, and has uncovered the somber effects it has on normal people. Researchers found that the time change during this season can trigger seasonal affective disorder (SAD) — a condition that affects 1.6 billion people worldwide. They also found a direct correlation between the amount of patients being admitted with depression and SAD to be highest during the winter, which seemed peak during the time change. On a very dark note, it also seems that suicide seems to be the highest during the change of time also. According to an Australian research team’s paper, male suicide rates in particular tend to escalate after DST begins.

Besides the health aspect, the time savings tradition also seems to affect people’s lifestyles and work. Not only are many people losing sleep, but they are earning less for the same amount and time of work. If people who work the night shift work for 8 hours, they only get paid for 7. This also seems to make a lot of people angry. On the other hand, sleep deprivation also seems to make people even less productive. Granted, this is an obvious statement to many. However, it does seem make a difference in our everyday decisions and actions.

After knowing the effects of the time change, people are wondering if the change is even worth it. Now other countries, like ones in the EU, are considering to eliminate the time change as the majority of their citizens have asked to stop the tradition. Will we follow them?