What’s Lost In Gaining An Hour

Time change at the end of Daylight Saving Time...

Time change at the end of Daylight Saving Time Nederlands: Tijdsverandering aan het eind van de zomertijd (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At 2 a.m. Sunday, by arbitrary human decree, time will stand still for one hour.

While this rare interstice of being and nothingness offers great opportunities for philosophical musing – Who knows where the time goes? Does anybody really know what time it is? And is time really on our side? – a price must be paid for messing with the universe.

For with this annual lapsing of daylight saving time comes a constellation of ill health effects, from the mildly uncomfortable to the nearly nightmarish.

Studies have found that on the Monday after the time changes, more people kill themselves, hurt themselves on the job, and lose money in the stock market.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20131102_What_s_lost_in_gaining_an_hour.html#lcw8rvcBfCelIK9p.99

Daylight Saving Time: Why Do We Do It?

As we set our clocks forward an hour this Sunday, there are at least a few things we can be sure of:

• There will be lots of groaning about losing an hour of sleep,

• People will be cheery about the growing length of the day (and sunshine), and

• Lots of people will debate why we even have Daylight Saving Time.

The government tells us that DST does three fundamentally good things — saves energy, saves lives by preventing traffic injuries, and reduces crime. But where’s the proof? Where are the studies?

“There’s really not anything recent that’s been done,” said Bill Mosley, public affairs spokesman for the Department of Transportation, which oversees the nation’s time zones and observance of DST.

Read more:  http://www.pottsmerc.com/article/20130309/NEWS01/130309404/daylight-saving-time-why-do-we-do-it-