Changing The Time: Does It Save Us? Can It Be Harmful?

Between Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 March we will return to summer time. At two o’clock on Easter morning we will have to adjust the clocks and advance them for an hour. That means we are going to have one hour more of light and one hour less to sleep. It’s really nice?

Changing The Time: Does It Save Us? Can It Be Harmful?

In effect, we will sleep 60 minutes less than are those that recover in late October, when we return to winter time. These schedule changes that may seem to not greatly affect actually make every year many people have a disorder in their mood and even there are those who come to the brink of a nervous breakdown. Others receive it with a feeling of general tiredness throughout the day, fatigue and lack of energy takes over them. That is why we must not ignore it. A change of time is much more than adjusting the clocks of the house.

The good thing about this year for those who can enjoy the holidays is that it falls just during the Easter holidays  so they will have time to recover and rest … it is not my case: ‘(.

Changing The Time: Does It Save Us? Can It Be Harmful?According to experts, this time change can lead to the same symptomatology as in jet-lag cases because it disrupts the biological cycle. In most cases usually appears dysthymia (i.e., feeling depressed). They also tend to have more sleep than usual, asthenia, we get angry easily (irritability), we can feel nervous or have a headache and even have difficulties in maintaining attention and concentration. There are those who suffer digestive discomfort and, in severe cases, can even give a heart attack. According to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine,

“Changing one hour is too sudden and affects your biological rhythm, especially food and sleep,” says Nieves Beauchemin,   d irector of Education ENAC Párvulos career.

What they say is good about this change in watches is that we have already entered what is considered summer time, and that means more light during the day. According to experts, this change is necessary to be able to “save a lot of energy and money” during the summer. According to the  Institute for Energy Diversification and Savings (IDAE) we saved about 6 dollars per year with this change of time, which if added to all the inhabitants of Spain gives a result of about 144 million dollars per year in the Case of the houses and about 350 million if addition companies.

An amount that may seem great for those who are not accustomed to handle a lot of money but that is actually insufficient if you consider that they consume more than 20,000 million dollars in electricity each year. The savings are not significant and can be detrimental to health for many people. In addition we should include in the study the expenditure on medicines to regulate the state of watch-sleep and to combat the fatigue and states of anxiety…

Moreover, according to Dr.  Santiago Casares Pérez , a specialist in internal medicine and an expert in chronobiology, the change of schedule  “causes an increase in cases of psychiatric pathology, anxiety, depression, sleep and eating disorders, lack of concentration, irritability, Chronic fatigue, cardiovascular problems and a higher incidence of occupational and traffic accidents. It is a fantastic loss of quality of life and also a significant increase in pharmaceutical expenditure (sleeping pills, anxiolytics …). Also the animals suffer indirectly to them being changed their hours of feeding, etc. There being numerous studies in this regard “.


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