Daylight saving has just come around again, and most of us have had a pretty chaotic week as a result. Granted, you get an extra hour in bed, but it still messes up the schedule a bit.
At some point in most of our lives, we have either turned up too early or too late for something as a result of daylight saving. The clocks move around by only one hour, yet for some, the impact of this is quite a big one. There are some that would even argue that daylight saving is an outdated way of doing things with huge health and economic ramifications.
The first thing to be hit when clocks go back or forwards is our sleep. We find ourselves having to wake earlier, or wide awake when we are normally asleep. It’s amazing how much difference an hour can make when you need to get up for school or work in the morning. There is a natural reason for this too, our body’s internal circadian rhythm does not like to be messed with. Varying degrees of light and a regular routine impact on the production of melantonin, which is the hormone that sends us off to the land of nod. When we upset the normal way of things, the body gets confused and our sleep patterns too.
As we take around a week to get used to all of this, it has an impact on our abilility to perform. We are sleepier during the day and struggle to get out of bed. When you add this up over millions of people, there is actually quite a significant economic impact to daylight saving, which has been noted to be anywhere between one and two billion.
Daylight saving is still around, despite the fact that so many people struggle with it. It’s just one of those anomolies we all live with, so rather than fight it, we need to just get along as best we can. Daylight saving, love it or loathe it, is still on the cards twice a year. All we can do is muddle along with our sleepy heads and wait for the day when they realise…