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End of daylight saving time this weekend correlated with car crashes, heart attacks

Original post made on Nov 7, 2023

While large swaths of North America still abide by the twice-per-year time change, a recent effort to eliminate the bi-annual changes has sparked conversation about the benefits and disadvantages of this disruption to our routines.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, November 6, 2023, 12:23 PM

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Posted by menlo parent
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Nov 7, 2023 at 12:32 pm

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This article is a mishmash of contradictory statements, starting with the headline: the end of DST is otherwise known as Standard Time, and historically there are more auto crashes associated with the switch to DST than to standard time. As in many discussions of the topic, “ending daylight savings time” is used here as shorthand for “no longer changing the clocks twice a year.” If we’re going to do the latter, we need to be more clear about which time system we are talking about.

Posted by MPCSD resident
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Nov 10, 2023 at 10:14 am

MPCSD resident is a registered user.

Can someone please explain why the desire of the majority of our CA voters, who voted FOR transitioning to permanent Daylight Savings Time, has been overruled by the Federal Government? Please note this state vote and the refusal to allow the change took place during the Trump administration, so this isn't an opportunity to blame the Dems for federal overreach.

Also, it has been established for many years now that schools should start later to be more aligned with children's circadian rhythms /sleep needs. If all schools started later, as we've done with some/(all?) pubic schools in Menlo Park/Atherton, then the early morning darkness safety issues the one sleep scientist mentions in this article would not be an issue. Furthermore, schools could adjust their start time seasonally - e.g. begin 30 minutes later from the beginning of November to the end of February to compensate for early-morning darkness if this was still an issue.

Additionally, many people are already impacted by Seasonal Affect Disorder due to decreased sunlight in the Fall and Winter months. The switch to Standard Time makes this worse. It would have been beneficial if the author considered this when writing the article and had an expert weigh in.

Anyone interested in renewing the push for permanent Daylight Savings Time in CA if our dysfunctional Congress is unable to implement this throughout the U.S.?

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