If you are working in Australia or have remote working jobs with Australian clients, chances are, you will get lesser sleep these coming workweeks.
It is high time again for that bi-annual Daylight Saving Time (DST) adjustment in some Australian States.
After cultivating these 7 Habits to Battle Sleep Deprivation, why are we sacrificing our newly synced body clock for this “Daylight Saving Time”.
Do we still need Daylight Saving Time?
What is DST?
Daylight SAVING Time (Not Daylight “SAVINGS” Time, a common mistake) is the mandate to add one hour to the current time during summer. It is for the people to enjoy more “Daylight” during the summer.
Contrary to popular belief, Benjamin Franklin did not invent Daylight Saving Time. Benjamin Franklin just used the idea in a satirical essay and proposed a change in sleep schedule, not the time itself.
George Hudson invented the idea. As this was proposed, Germany became the first country to adopt the DST and United Kingdom follower thereafter.
It led to the passing of the Daylight Savings Act of 1917 and Summer Time Act of 1927 among others.
Simply put, you adjust Spring Forward (meaning +1 end of Spring) and Fall Backward (meaning -1 end of Fall).
In Australia, changes are implemented at 2 am on the First Sunday in October (+1 hour) and 3 am on the first Sunday in April (-1 hour).
Queensland, Northern Territory, and Western Australia do not conform to DST adjustments (Lucky you!).
What do we get from this?
The primary purpose for this is to save electricity. During the time it was first enacted, people stay outside longer because of lengthened summer hours. They are amused with the outdoors during this time. And they drive consumer spending in favor of some businesses with the prolonged hours.
Ultimately, it led to people using lesser energy and more income for some during these months.
But Is It Even Applicable Now?
But with today’s technology, quite a number of people spend their days inside their houses using a lot of gadgets regardless of “daylight”. Also, the power-hogging tungsten bulbs are slowly replaced by energy efficient alternatives today.
With this, the total impact in energy savings might be less than estimated before.
How about Your Online Meetings?
Also, with globalization, virtual meetings across multiple nations with differing DST measures will be a headache. Yes, DST starting dates are different for countries adopting across the world.
With the infographic above, I won’t even start matching the schedules. It’s just so confusing.
Sleep Deprivation and Health Risks
Furthermore, with the change, our sleep cycles will be disrupted. With people needing at least 7 hours of sleep to function properly, sleep deprivation will be an immediate effect.
A study even suggests graver effects in our health. In the US, there is 25% more risk of heart attacks on the First Monday of DST.
Not to mention, the overall drop of productivity across almost all workers.
These time changes will stay for today. But do we still need the extra “daylight”? Do the benefits outweigh the drawbacks?
What’s your take on this?