A new position paper from AASM

AASM has recently released a position paper in which they have suggested the authorities to end the daylight saving time. The daylight saving time is a practice of advancing clocks during the warmer part of the year, and even though it is adjusted just for an hour, it can have a profound effect on sleep and health, according to the paper.

The authors of the paper say that there is strong evidence that the switch from standard time to DST every spring comes with public health and safety risks such as mood disorders, sleep problems, adverse cardiovascular events, and metabolic syndrome incidence.

So, based on this, the AASM has advised eradicating the practice of advancing clocks and make a fixed, national, year-round standard time.

The daylight saving time was implemented in Germany in 1916 and the USA in 1918. Other countries also changed the system during the same period, but some countries did not. There are many countries in Asia and Africa that don’t use DST, and some countries tried this system, but then switched to the normal system, for example, Russia.

The use of this system has always been subjected to controversy. Those in favor claim that it helps save energy and heating costs, and allows people to spend more time outside. Where those against the use of the system say it can have a negative impact on people’s health and can be tough on a body’s natural circadian rhythms.

In humans, these processes include cognition performance, body temperature, digestion, mood, and hormonal activity.

Until the use of DST is in place, the experts suggest a few practices lower the risk of health issues, such as exposing yourself to more sunlight, avoiding bright light in the late afternoon, avoiding napping, exercising a few hours before bedtime, and avoiding caffeine in the afternoons.