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The American Academy of Sleep Medicine, comprising some of the country's foremost sleep experts, says enough is enough. The organization published a position paper online in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine calling for a “fixed, national, year-round standard time.”
“An abundance of accumulated evidence indicates that the acute transition from standard time to daylight saving time incurs significant public health and safety risks, including increased risk of adverse cardiovascular events, mood disorders, and motor vehicle crashes.”
Messing with your circadian rhythm can have other health impacts, the paper adds, particularly on your heart. That brain fog you feel after getting just an hour less sleep in the spring? That’s another effect.
Why do we have DST, anyway? It began as a way to save electricity by taking advantage of the extra sunlight from spring into fall, but it’s far from universal. Hawaii and most of Arizona do not observe DST, per CNN, nor do Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or Guam.