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Daylight Savings Time

It was so interesting, this week, that I naturally started waking an hour earlier than normal. That’s a result of my pineal gland and my eyes working, making up my own body’s response to the sun rising earlier in the morning.

As the earth rotates and tips around the sun, our bodies spring forward naturally into spring, just as we fall in to a mild state of hibernation in the fall.

Daylight savings time in Canada began at 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 11 and will end at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday November 4. In Canada, all the provinces do this except Saskatchewan who, I think, are smarter than the rest of us.

Initially, daylight saving time was meant to decrease energy consumption. Recent statistics have proven that it increases our consumption of electricity by 1%, and causes an increase in car accidents, heart attacks, strokes and suicides–while reducing worker productivity.

It takes 3 weeks for everyone’s circadian rhythm to adjust to the new time, and for families to adapt to new routines. So why are we still doing it? Moving the clock really doesn’t give us anything better. The sun will rise and set as it will, and we already have a natural bodily response.

I believe that commerce may have a hand in continuing daylight savings time, as it is rationalized that we set the date of the time change as a reminder to check our carbon monoxide and fire alarm batteries, and change our furnace and water filters–which we could do on Earth Day. Personally, I think we should just get rid of daylight saving time, for better health, and make a conscious effort to use less hydro.

Sunrise with a Beatles quote: Daylight Savings TimeThings change, but the sun, moon, and earth’s rhythms won’t.

“Here comes the sun, and I say, It’s all right” — the Beatles. Let it happen naturally.

By Colleen Scanlan, RN BScN RAc.