Monday, March 14, 2011

Time for a Rant

I'm grouchy today. I'll be grouchy all week. I hate Daylight Savings Time.

This will be short because I'm so sloggy and foggy and boggy today. And I'm not alone, if you can trust the studies that have been done on this horrible imposition.

According to this article (http://www.cos-mag.com/Safety/Safety-Stories/losing-sleep-over-dst-can-lead-to-injury.html) done by Michigan State University, there are 5.7 per cent more workplace injuries and 67.6 per cent more workdays missed due to injuries on the first Monday after the time change.

More injuries reported here (http://www.myhealthnewsdaily.com/daylight-savings-time-may-affect-health-1259/) where a 1996 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed an 8 percent increase in motor vehicle accidents on the Monday following the time change. 

And that's not all! You can die from DST! The same article cites a Swedish study done in 2008 that showed an increase of about 5 percent in heart attacks on the three weekdays following the spring time shift.

So, injury and death. Wonderful. Why are we doing this again?
 
Oh yes, let me wish you Happy PI Day. Maybe pie will make it better.

[[grumpy toad photo by Matt Reinbold used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license
apple pie photo by Sage Ross used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license]]

2 comments:

Gail M Baugniet said...

Hi Kaye,

Sorry to hear you're grouchy. Of course, I don't have your problem because I live in Hawaii, no springing forward or falling back.

My protagonist loves pies and I felt obliged to do a taste test for my blog post March 2nd. I think apple pie won because it's always served with vanilla ice cream!

Kaye George said...

I'm so jealous, Gail. My brother lived in Arizona until recently and they didn't do it either. He's just moved to Oregon so he has to change clocks for the first time in a long time!

I agree, apple pie (hot!) with ice cream is a winner. Yum. Wish I had some right now!