Don’t Forget To “Spring Forward, Fall….Over Dead From A Heart Attack.”


Daylight Savings Time is one of those dumb government ideas—like pennies and dollar coins—that just won’t die.  Which is ironic because it can actually kill you:

"The Monday and Tuesday after moving the clocks ahead one hour in March is associated with a 10 percent increase in the risk of having a heart attack," says UAB Associate Professor Martin Young, Ph.D., in the Division of Cardiovascular Disease. "The opposite is true when falling back in October. This risk decreases by about 10 percent."

This is not news to health professionals.  My pal John J. Miller has been writing about the stupidity of the clock-switching tradition for years:

The very worst thing about DST is that it’s bad for your health. According to Stanley Coren, a sleep expert at the University of British Columbia, the number of traffic accidents and fatal industrial mishaps increase on the Monday after we spring forward.

There is simply no reason for us to do this to ourselves.  Farmers don’t need it—in fact, as Miller points out, they lobbied against it back in the day. No, it was pushed by urban business owners like Boston’s own A. Lincoln Fileneurban who “thought daylight would encourage workers to go shopping on their way home.”

In the modern era, there are no significant savings of daylight, energy or anything else. Just dead people, missed appointments and inaccurate microwave clocks.

The obvious “solution” to this government-invented problem is to simply stop doing it. Or, better still, make DST (the time we’re on now) AST—always standard team. Let’s leave the clocks right where they are right now.

Why not?

Michael Graham
Radio talk show host, columnist for the Boston Herald, stand-up comic and former GOP political consultant. Learn more about Michael here.

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