Health

We Need an Executive Order From the White House to Abolish Daylight Saving Time

Sleep deprivation increases the risk factors for heart attacks, including high blood pressure, the production of toxic inflammatory proteins and obesity.

The New England Journal of Medicine published on Oct. 30, 2008, another report by Jansky and Ljung in which the results of an epidemiological review of all the heart attacks in Sweden from 1987 to 2006 were analyzed. The authors, discovered a slight increase in heart attacks in the first three working days after clocks were set ahead for the beginning of Daylight Saving Time in the spring and a similar decrease on the Monday after clocks were set back for the end of DST in the fall. And, wouldn’t you know it, women seemed to be slightly more at risk than men for heart attacks in the spring.

We know that:

  • Sleep deprivation increases the risk factors for heart attacks, including high blood pressure, the production of toxic inflammatory proteins and obesity.
  • In addition, with this loss of a morning hour, our bodies lose an hour of preparation for the inevitable rise in cortisol and other hormones and chemicals that prepare us to begin our day. Many of these can also cause stress on an already damaged cardiovascular system.
  • Sleep is necessary for the proper control of the internal clock of every cell in the body.  With the change in the sleep-wake cycle, there is an increase in  the production of chemicals that affect inflammation and the immune system.
  • Morning light is the most important light for synchronizing our circadian rhythms. Of course, Daylight Saving Time takes away an hour of morning light. This increases the risk of seasonal affective disorder and, in some people, depression.
  • A study based on suicide data in Australia from 1971 through 2001 confirmed that male suicide rates rose in the weeks following the change to Daylight Saving Time, compared with the weeks following the return to standard time and the rest of the year.

I have to fight the need for that extra hour of morning sleep for weeks, since I am forced to rise one hour earlier, thanks to the bureaucrats in Washington who used to have nothing better to do than mess around with my inner clock. But executive orders are now flying fast and furious out of the White House and are changing all kinds of things that affect the lives of Americans and immigrants. So I want a HUGE executive order to abolish Daylight Saving Time. Join me on Twitter to communicate with those who run our government and ask in 140 characters or less “RID US OF DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME.” It will decrease the number of uninsured Americans from having depression and heart attacks and automobile accidents. And, we who are wounded each spring from the loss of our hour of sleep, can be healthier, more productive and less cranky citizens.

 

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  • hillsmom March 14, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    If we must have it, I think it would be better to go back to the original time change which was in April, and back in October. Kitty is still on standard time as am I. =^..^=

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  • Holly March 13, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    I’m not sure the White House can handle an issue this sensitive!

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    • hillsmom March 14, 2017 at 2:17 pm

      You got that right…8-(

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  • Ann March 13, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Love it Pat!!! Oh so true!!

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    • l gibbons March 13, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      i cannot see the point of this disruption.
      Let the whole year just go by the way it was supposed to be.
      No confusion with missed airplanes , appointments etc.

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