I loved that the change of time also signaled a change of pace. When it got dark earlier in the fall, things seemed cozier, less hurried. In the spring, when the day was suddenly an hour longer, everything came alive. Now, daylight saving time is just a big pain in the neck. The pace of everyday life no longer keeps time with the change of the clock. Daylight saving time takes the opportunity twice a year to add confusion and complexity to our already stressed days. 

Maybe that is why in the days following daylight saving time, the risk of heart attack, stroke, and fatal car accidents all go up, as do hospitalizations for mental health concerns.

On the other hand, extending daylight saving time to go all year gives longer light in the evening to everyone. 

Research shows more evening light means we are more physically active, and childhood obesity decreases; our sleep, mental health and relationship quality all improve.

I don’t like to see the kids waiting in the dark at the bus stop on winter mornings, but other than that, there is just no good reason to keep daylight saving time alive.

Mandy Shaw

Aurora

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