There’s more to the daylight savings debate than meets the eye 7

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It’s an argument that crops up every year, that by moving the clock forward an hour we are somehow controlling time and giving ourselves a better quality of life. But is that really the case?

More than 70 countries have adopted daylight saving time as a means of saving energy. First introduced in Canada in 1908 it is a means of controlling at what time of day we would like to have sunshine and at what time we don’t.

Apparently, an extra hour of sunlight in the day affords families the opportunity to spend more quality time together in the outdoors.

But what about the older generation. A few studies show daylight saving time can impact your well-being in several ways.

You might notice an increase in the struggles you have with sleep. It is by far the biggest problem when daylight saving time is introduced. Even a small change to your sleep schedule can bump your natural circadian rhythm off course. Be aware of this if you are feeling a bit groggy or mentally sluggish.

You are more likely to make mistakes regarding your medication, and you also risk falling off balance and injuring yourself if you aren’t thinking clearly.

Believe it or not there has been evidence to suggest your risk of heart attack spikes by 5 per cent in the days immediately following the change to daylight saving. Interestingly, when the clocks get turned back there is a drop in the number of heart attacks occurring.

Cows and faded curtains aside, in trying to control time perhaps society needs to take a long hard look at itself. People are living longer and working longer — and not just in terms of years either. For a majority of people in the workforce, thee are countless hours spent in traffic commuting from one location to another, time spent in offices staring at a computer screen.

You might be entitled to an hour for lunch, but who actually has the time to take that?

Perhaps the Italians and the Spanish are on to something with their long-standing siesta tradition.

If you’ve travelled to either country you would have enjoyed this amazing lifestyle and the long, lazy afternoons.

It seems though, at least in Spain, that even controlling time in this way comes with disadvantages and the prime minister Mariano Rajoy made headlines for wanting to introduce shorter work days with shorter lunch breaks that would ultimately see the end of the time-out tradition.

The argument comes back to personal time management then, doesn’t it?

Do you think you get more into your day with daylight saving? How do you go about managing your time?

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  1. Wind it back & keep it there…so many. Plus points to do so..

  2. Funny the various states of Aust who have DS don’t need it because they’ve a ‘twilight’, thus having light until 9pm, sometimes.

    The state that needs it, Qld, various govt political parties’ have said ‘no’, not even giving the populace a chance to vote in a referendum!

    When it was allowed, once, in early ’70’s, it was marvellous, except the ‘cow cockies’ said their cows can’t give milk! What balderdash!

    It should be mandatory for SE Qld, where most business is conducted.
    Having an hour’s difference on the East Coast main cities’ of Australia is just ludicrous!

    2 REPLY
    • Having an hour’s difference between Brisbane, our capital city and the major QLD cities outside the SE corner – Rockhampton, Townsville and Cairns would be farm more ludicrous. We manage the difference between QLD & Adelaide, Darwin and Perth – it’s not that difficult. Most of the business may be conducted in Brisbane, but most of QLD’s wealth comes from the regional areas.

    • If QLD were to use daylight saving, it would be most use in winter, not summer.

  3. Ha! Ha!

    “…Apparently, an extra hour of sunlight in the day affords families the opportunity to spend more quality time together in the outdoors…”

    So… does Startsat60 really believe that changing the time on you clock alters the length of sunshine during the day?

    If you are getting 12 hours of sunshine now, how is changing the time going to get you more? And how much more – a few minutes, an hour, what?

  4. Go to work an hour earlier if you are a public servant. But most workers in qld work 10 to twelve hours a day the great southeast of qld should move into new south wales and get over it. We in the ret of qld dont want your daylight saving as a lot of us wouldgo yo work in the dark everyday of the year to earn all the money you get to get you from brisbane to surfers ten minutes quicker.while we risk our lives on substandard highways. So if you want daylight saving and you really think you have more time have a good think about it sitting on the fornt porch talking to your family in the afternoon in the twilight thats just as good as to ,what did you say you do with that extra hour?

  5. New Zealand have had half an hour permanent daylight saving since the end of world war 2 and it has been there so long that hardly anyone even knows that it is in place. Incidentally NZ also has an hour daylight saving like we do so I fact they actually have an hour an a half in total during the summer period. It is the change over periods that cause so much havoc and upset to the normal body rhythm.
    I personally love daylight saving and would love to see it all year round. Once implemented it would only take a few years and it would accepted as the norm.

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