Daylight Saving Time
A long campaign to retain Summer Time all year round has moved up a gear with the announcement of a vote on the issue in the European Parliament next month.
The news follows last month’s publication of the European Parliament’s Research Service study on EU summer-time arrangements. This confirmed that the benefits of DST are marginal because what you save on light, you spend on heating, whereas negative consequences for health are more severe than previously thought.
Various studies show that going against the natural rhythm has a detrimental impact on sleep and health. American scientists studying the phenomenon can now prove 100,000 car crashes per year are related to sleepiness in the USA alone - usually occurring in the first two weeks after the time-change. They call the impact of the time change on our sleeping patterns ‘social jet lag’ - in other words a short and long-term sleep disruption causing cognitive and health problems.