Time change harms health

Yes, the time change is coming again in Spain. It will be two-thirds. And when the proposal for the European Parliament Directive and the European Parliament Directive was submitted, it seemed that the change in 2018 could be the last. Recommendation Indicating its intention to end seasonal time changes in the European Union. In it, each state was asked to choose the official time they preferred to protect.

Role of Maria de los Angeles Lama, University of Murcia

Is this until 2026?

It has rained a lot since then. However, despite the time that has passed, the truth is that no effective progress has been made in this regard.

The Spanish Government appointed a multidisciplinary expert commission to make an informed decision. But then the pandemic came and how could it have been otherwise, priorities changed and the problem of time change was left unresolved.

And so it continues to this day. In fact, they were published BOE dates when we will have to change the hands of the watch again, at least until 2026.

an open discussion

However, as various scientific associations have already pointed out, the discussion of time change is not yet closed. Both the Spanish Sleep Association (SOUND), such as the Association Portuguese Chronobiology and Sleep Medicine, Research Society rhythms Biological Rhythms (SRBR) or the European Biological Rhythms Association (SRBR) or even the American Sleep Association (AASM) emphasized their attitude in favor of the abolition of time change. These last three have joined forces under the umbrella of the European Sleep Research Society (ESRS). joint statement.

sleeping disorders

Reason? Well, in terms of chronobiology and sleep, there is no evidence that maintaining the time change is beneficial for health, but there is evidence to the contrary. In fact, switching to DST or Daylight Saving Time (called “summer” time, in the Spanish peninsula it is called UTC+2 or GMT+2) to sleep and yield behind the wheel, as well as (albeit modestly) increased risk of suffering cardiovascular.

In contrast, also called “winter time” or standard time (ST) Universal Time Coordinated Corresponding to Greenwich Mean Time (G_reenwich Mean Time_ or GMT+1) (UTC+1 for mainland Spain) seems to imply an increase in uptime. to sleep. Therefore, the unanimity among different scientific associations to put an end to the time change, although it is also true that some authors, advocates.

long summer afternoons

With so many abbreviations to indicate time, it’s normal for us to get into a real mess and eventually understand each other with winter and summer time. But the truth is that these sects by itself certain connotations. How not! We associate summer with rest, holidays, and long afternoons without evenings. Of course all must be said, they would have continued to be longer if times had not changed, albeit a little less.

When surveying the population’s preferences, it will be necessary to consider the best way to ask about the time change. Because the solution requires a multidisciplinary approach that includes several aspects, sociological regarding the adoption of the decision to be made.

If we finally got rid of it, would we forget that we change the hands of the clock twice a year? And if that’s the case, which program should we stay on?

Role of Maria de los Angeles Lama, University professor. Co-director of the Chronobiology Laboratory. IMIB-Arrixaca. CYBERF., University of Murcia

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