Daylight Savings 2019: THESE are the side effects of this annual phenomenon

Daylight savings 2019 kicked off this Sunday and brought with itself a reasonable amount of confusion and health scares.
Daylight Savings 2019: THESE are the side effects of this annual phenomenonDaylight Savings 2019: THESE are the side effects of this annual phenomenon
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Daylight Saving Time, also known as DST, is the practice of turning the clock ahead as the summer approaches and back again as it the colder months approach. This unusual practice was introduced in the year 1908 in Thunder Bay, Canada. Daylight Saving Time was started with the idea that people will have one more hour of daylight in the afternoon and evening during the warmer seasons of the year. As Daylight Saving Time starts, the sun rises and sets later, on the clock, than the day before.


During autumn, the DST period usually ends and our clocks are set back to standard time again. That means we gain an hour and the days now become 25 hours long. This results in an hour being repeated as local time jumps from DST and back to standard time again. Let's say that clocks fall back from 2 to 1 o'clock. This means that the hour between 1 and 2 o'clock happens twice during the night of the switch! But DST isn’t all good news, here are a few side effects of DST that people have to deal with every year.


1. Daylight Saving Time is not eco-friendly


DST was introduced in the last century, which meant more daylight was a good thing because it meant less use of artificial light. In fact, back then it was a sensible way to save energy. But modern society with its computers, TV screens and air conditioning units consumes more energy since these machines function for an extra hour. Today, the amount of energy saved from DST is negligible.


2. DST is injurious to health

Changing the time even by an hour can seriously disrupt our body clocks or circadian rhythm. Most people find themselves to be constantly tired and sleep deprived. Studies have shown that most people suffer from lack of sleep at the start of DST, which has given rise to car accidents, workplace injuries, suicide and even miscarriages.


3. Daylight Saving Time reduces productivity

The Monday after the DST change is called "Sleepy Monday”. That’s because it is one of the most sleep-deprived days of the year. Sleep deprivation and the loss of an hour discourages employees. Research shows that during the initial days of DST change, more employees are likely to waste their time surfing the internet aimlessly!


4. DST triggers seasonal depression

People who live in a place that has long winters, often experience seasonal depression. This disorder is related to depressive symptoms in relation to seasonal changes. The messing up of the circadian rhythm can impact our mental health, too. Reduced sunlight can also drop the level of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that affects our mood. This may lead to symptoms of depression.

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