Clock change is be­hind the times

Montreal Gazette - - EDITORIAL -

Once again we are ap­proach­ing that dreaded time of year when we have to ad­just our clocks and watches. I have yet to hear a con­vinc­ing ar­gu­ment to jus­tify this in­con­ve­nience, which land son Sun­day, Nov .4 this au­tumn, es­pe­cially be­cause of the po­ten­tially se­ri­ous im­pact on our bi­o­log­i­cal clocks ev­ery six months.

In a re­cent is­sue of Na­tional Geo­graphic, the U.S. Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion stated that “even small ad­just­ments in sleep can be prob­lem­atic. The Mon­day af­ter a day­light sav­ing time change in the U.S ., there’ s a 24 per­cent in­crease in heart at­tacks, com­pared with other Mon days, and a jump in fa­tal car crashes too .”

Most of the world out­side North Amer­ica does not ob­serve the sea­sonal clock changes, in­clud­ing China,

Ja­pan, In­dia, most of South Amer­ica and Africa and, as of Oc­to­ber 2019, all coun­tries in the Euro­pean Union. To its credit, Saskatchewan( with the ex­cep­tion of a cou­ple of bor­der mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties) does not turn clocks back an hour in au­tumn. When will the res to­fus be granted re­lief from these un­nec­es­sary and un­healthy dis­rup­tions to our al­ready stress­ful lives? Nel­son Perry, Corn­wall, Ont.

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