I'm a sleep expert and Daylight Saving Time should NOT be permanent – here's why it will ruin your health

A SLEEP expert has revealed why he says Daylight Saving Time should not be permanent and the effects of changing clocks on the human body.

For over a century, Americans have been springing forward and falling back but now the tradition might become a thing of the past.

Daylight Saving Time now rests in the hands of the House of Representatives after the Senate voted to make it permanent.

“I wish I had my hour back,” Philadelphia resident Dwight Bazemore told local CBS affiliate KYW-TV.

“I was hurting so bad.”

"Let’s be consistent,” Bazemore said, adding that he’s still feeling the effects of springing forward on Sunday.

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The practice may become a thing of the past after the Senate voted on Tuesday to make Daylight Saving Time permanent, a decision that ruffled some feathers with people.

“So there’s nothing more important going on in this country?” said one man.

However, it seems like losing an hour of sleep on Sunday put this issue at the top of the pile.

“Time change is hard on the body,” said Dr Doug Kirsch, a spokesman for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

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“I think that that is a step in the right direction.”

According to Kirsch, Daylight Saving Time shouldn’t be a permanent solution. Instead, he says we should stick with standard time. 

He said that understanding biology is important when making decisions that involve circadian rhythm or the body’s internal clock.

“Our biology dictates that we do best as humans for sleeping when it’s light in the morning and when it’s dark at nighttime,” he said.

Kirsch believes making standard time permanent will have a better result.

“Science suggests we will sleep better and thus be healthier, more awake, less errors, less accidents.”

Despite the doctor's advice, some people hope to keep it lighter later.

“I’m a morning person,” said Michael O’Neill, but his mother, Dolores, disagrees and wants the sun to set later.

When asked if she sleeps better at night, Dolores O’Neill said: “No, but that goes with the territory.”

Still, many people are debating on the back and forth with the clocks. 

“Absolutely ridiculous, nature didn’t design it that way,” said one person.

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“Keep it steady,” said another.

If the House votes in favor of the Senate’s decision to make Daylight Saving Time permanent and President Joe Biden signs off on the bill, we might never have to “fall back” again.


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