Europe considering dropping daylight saving time
Updated: Feb 25
(Funnily enough the UK is against, good thing they are leaving...)
Fantastic news, wouldn't you agree? No more resetting your clock back and forth!
Resetting your clock is annoying. For a day or two, you can't figure out what time it is. You've probably heard stories of missed flights, missed important calls, missed first dates ...
But it is more than just the confusion. There have been studies showing a link between the time shift and increase in the rate of a range of health problems in the following days. Including heart attack.
Makes sense. Our body clock operates on a roughly 24-hour schedule. This clock orchestrates a whole range of physiological processes: sleep-wake cycle, body temperature, metabolic processes, hormone secretion... If you've been paying attention, you might also have noticed that our moods have somewhat of a circadian pattern as well. (When I was a teenager, everybody in my family knew not to mess with me till noon and to expect lots of giggling after 10pm).
When you shift the clock in your house, you disrupt your circadian rhythms, which explains decreased well-being in the next few days.
But if shifting clock by just one hour twice a year is such a big deal that it is a topic of discussion in the European Commission, think about shifting your schedule every week when you go to bed much later on Friday and Saturday and get up much later Saturday and Sunday...