Daylight Savings Time Could Save Your Life

Jeanne Sager

sundownEvery year, I dread the end of daylight savings time.

It feels like the moment I spin the dial on the clock, I'm shutting down my energy reserves.

Ever notice this is the moment you pull out the long underwear and throw away the razors -- it's time for hibernation mode?

And this is why you're fat.

Not to mention depressed.

Turns out that extra hour of daylight at the end of the day is good for all of us.

We come home from work and do something physical (even if it's just kicking a soccer ball around the yard with the kids). We spend more time in the sun -- preventing seasonal affective disorder.

We cut down our carbon footprint by leaving the lights off longer, AND we have fewer car accidents.

All of which leads to a longer life.

GOOD reported last week that researchers at Cambridge University’s Centre for Technology Management said "that implementing Single Double Summer Time (SDST) would save around 500,000 tonnes of CO2 in the winter months alone, which is equivalent to taking 200,000 cars off the road."

And here all Congress gave us was a measly extra month back in 2007.

There have been other papers positing DST does nothing to save us energy.

But the other information seems solid. Consider the hundreds of websites devoted to people complaining that they simply can't summon the energy to work out in the morning.

If you love your sleep with the deep dark passion that I do, you know adding extra hours at night is the only way to get people up off their you-know-what and moving.

So how about doing something about this national obesity crisis here, people? Can we shed a little light on the situation?

Do you power down when daylight savings time ends in November?


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