I started teaching pre-school after the bar I worked at burned down (during my shift, but not related to me at all!). I needed to be at the school at 7am. This was torture. As much as I loved my job and the kids I would have traded years of my life to be able to sleep longer. Even into my 30s when I had to be at work at various times between 7am and 9am getting up was challenging.
"Go to bed earlier!" you might say. I did that. I would go to bed between 8 and 9 and just lay in bed staring at the ceiling for hours. My husband would fall right asleep, of course (which was good because he had to get up before 5am to go to work). On good nights I can use that time to meditate, on bad nights I use it to think (read: stress) about my to-do list. Light has a strong effect on the sleep cycle. I got one of those "daylight" alarms- which helped a little. Light effects the quality of your sleep and your sleep effects your mental and physical health. In fact, scientists are coming to believe that low sleep quality isn't just a symptom of anxiety and depression but actually the cause in a lot of cases.
Sleep deprivation has numerous negative effects besides mental illness.
What does this have to do with daylight saving? One of the reasons that the government likes daylight saving is because it keeps people up later so they spend more money and boost the economy. When will our health as a nation be worth something? We know that students benefit greatly from getting more sleep especially. In a time where students are suffering from mental illness to the point of murdering their classmates and teachers is the money gained still more important? "Spring Forward" causes a spike in heart attacks and strokes.
From what I see, the government constantly goes against advice from experts when making policy to make sure that they benefit rather than the public. There is good science against daylight saving. For the next few months at least, I will be enjoying a healthier sleep cycle and dreading the spring.
Kelsey enjoys researching and discussing. These posts are based on her research and are open for discussion! Enjoy! (For the record the credit for the title goes to one of Kelsey's favorite authors: Douglas Adams).