According to U.S. News, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American Medical Association feel that a regular schedule is preferred and healthier.
We’ve been altering clocks too frequently to follow the sun’s path, ignoring the risks to people’s health and safety. In a news release, AMA Trustee Dr. Alexander Ding stated that keeping to standard time “may end the biennial tug of war between our biological and alarm clocks.” During the American Medical Association’s Interim Meeting, the House of Delegates voted in favor of reverting from daylight saving time to standard time.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is one of many groups that have identified potential health advantages. For far too long, the obsession with increased daylight has come at the price of public health and safety. According to Alexander Ding, M.D., M.A., MBA, a Trustee of the American Medical Association (AMA), switching to standard time provides health benefits. It eliminates the biannual conflict between people’s internal and external clocks.
Standard time (which advances daylight hours to earlier in the morning) better accommodates human circadian rhythms. Still, the long-term implications of keeping daylight saving time (which goes from daylight hours to later in the evening) remain unknown.
It has been demonstrated that transitioning from standard time to daylight saving time in March has a detrimental impact on public health and safety. According to research, the human body may need more than a couple of months to acclimate to daylight saving time.
The metric used by the U.S. The American Medical Association amended and backed a Senate bill this year to make daylight saving time permanent. The House still needs to discuss a comparable measure. Twenty states have approved year-round daylight saving time; however, federal approval is still required.
The American Medical Association warns that converting to daylight saving time each spring increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, mental health issues, and car accidents, among other adverse health and safety outcomes. According to the statement’s acknowledgment, humans do not acclimate to daylight saving time even after a few months.
It would be better to eliminate the time shifts in the spring and fall. According to Ding, the difficulty with year-round daylight saving time is “overlooking potential health risks that may be avoided by adopting permanent standard time.” The community of sleep medicine is worried. This argument is going nowhere because no one cares about the patients’ health. The harmful impacts of clock setting on human health have long been understood, but we have only begun to pay attention.