It just gets longer as my tolerance for it gets shorter. No, not school encroaching on our time this time — my gripe is the escalating legislative manipulation of our biological and social clocks for the bald-faced benefit of government and commerce, to the equally obvious detriment of human health. Especially children’s health.
And then justifying it all as good for the kids! Even as government debates education, obesity concerns and health care coverage FOR children, it ignores this business-pandering example of what government does TO children.
Halloween trick-or-treating was actually touted by the Congressional co-sponsor of lengthening Daylight Switcheroo Time again, I kid you not. Now that’s a real fright — surely even Politically Correct Citizens and CEOs Thinking Highly of Halloween don’t imagine there’s anything about stuffing oneself silly with candy and adrenalin on a school night, that furthers society’s education goals, sleep health or the war on childhood obesity?
Of course the whole structure of clockkeeping for control, curriculum, church and commerce is contrived in the first place, but daylight savings time — the name itself so clearly absurd it ought to be actionable as fraud — saves nothing, makes nothing, builds nothing. It intends to tamper with nature, exert man’s law over the environment and declare victory; better than real is the point! A blithe government lie that adds insult to injury imo.
Sydney Spiesel is associate clinical professor of pediatrics at Yale University’s School of Medicine, writing for Slate as “The Medical Examiner”:
The body’s daily cycle of activities—the circadian rhythm—determines when we are sleepy and alert, when we want to eat, and even when we produce less urine so our nighttime sleep will be less interrupted. Though there is a spectrum of preferences, from “larks” to “owls,” the internal clocks that set our circadian rhythm are mainly regulated by the time the sun rises. (Here’s how to figure out which kind of bird you are.)
We are not consciously aware of this dependency, and our time of awakening is often affected by external forces, like the need to get to work on time. Chronobiologists, the scientists who study our internal clocks, . . . have found that the relationship between the arrival of dawn and the midsleep point—the time halfway between the moment you fall asleep and the moment you wake up—remains constant, even as the time of sunrise changes when the length of the day varies with the seasons.
Study: A new German study uses this predictable relationship to study what happens to our internal clocks when the external clocks jump an hour forward or backward. . .
And that’s just speaking generally, what about kids and adults with specific time-sensitive conditions like Type 1 diabetes . . .
Dr. Spiesel: Most medications don’t need to be taken at precise intervals (some do), so hospital care isn’t much of a worry at the moment of transition. I doubt that it’s really dangerous for the great, great majority of patients. But I agree that for people like type 1 diabetes the time change can be a real problem, at least until your body adapts.