5 ways in which life would improve through same schedule

5 ways in which life would improve through same schedule


Does the change in schedule affect you?

The change of schedule is always an uncomfortable situation.

Each time these dates approach, questions arise about which day the change will be, if the clock has to be advanced or delayed, or the fear of getting up an hour later or earlier the next day.

In the United States, daylight saving time will begin on March 10 and in Mexico on April 7 , when the clock will advance one hour. In other countries such as Chile, on April 6, winter time will start and clocks will be delayed by one hour.

In countries like the US, there is a debate about whether it is worth changing the schedule, or whether it is better to have the same schedule throughout the year.

Copyright of the GETTY imageImage caption Do you prefer one more hour of light in the morning or in the evening?


In that country, the measure of advancing one hour in March was adopted at the end of the First World War, in order to save energy, based on the idea that when there is one more hour of light at night, consumption is reduced .

Today, however, those who oppose this schedule argue that saving is not so much.

In the state of Indiana, for example, a study showed that during the summer time people used less energy in lighting, but they used more air conditioning , because at nightfall you can still feel the heat of the sun.

According to Michael Downing, author of the book “The annual madness of the time of summer”, during this time in fact increases the consumption of gasoline , because late at night the people still continue driving their cars in the streets.

Copyright of the GETTY imageImage caption Summer time was implemented as a way to save energy.


Others complain that it is dangerous for children to go to school when it is not yet dawn.

But those who defend summer time and, in fact, recommend keeping it all year , also have their arguments.

One of them is Steve Calandrillo, professor of Law and Economics at the University of Washington and author of the research “Time well spent: an economic analysis of the legislation on daylight saving time”.

In an article published on the portal The Conversation , Calandrillo, poses 5 aspects of life that, according to him, would improve if the summer time was maintained throughout the year , that is, when one hour of light is gained during the night.

Copyright of the GETTY imageImage caption With summer time you gain an hour of light during the night.


Calandrillo’s conclusions are based on US data, but the dynamics he describes could be applied to any city with a schedule change twice a year.

1. Lives would be saved

“Darkness kills,” says Calandrillo, “and darkness in the night is much more lethalthan darkness in the morning.”

According to the information compiled by the lawyer, the late hours of the late afternoon are twice as deadly as those of the morning, because there are more people on the roads, there are more drunk drivers, people are in a hurry to get to house and more children are playing in the streets without supervision.

Calandrillo says the figures show that the outrages of vehicles pedestrians are tripled when the sun goes down.

Thus, the summer schedule adds an extra hour of light in the afternoon to mitigate these risks, while the standard schedule does the opposite, displaces the sunlight to the morning.

Copyright of the GETTY imageImage caption Darkness lends itself to more crimes.

2. Crime would decrease

“Darkness is also a friend of crime, ” the lawyer writes.

Criminals prefer to do their work in the dark of night. According to Calandrillo, crime rates are 30% lower in the morning than in the afternoon hours, even when those morning hours pass before dawn, when it is still dark.

3. It would save energy

At the end of the afternoon and during the first hours of the night, practically everyone is awake , says Calandrillo, which means greater energy consumption.

At dawn, however, a considerable part of the population still sleeps, therefore there is less consumption .

Copyright of the GETTY imageImage caption Keeping summer time all year can be used to save energy, according to Calandrillo.


“Having more sun at night not only requires less electricity to provide lighting, it also reduces the amount of oil and gas needed to heat homes and businesses when people most need that energy.”

“In the standard hours, the sun comes out earlier, which reduces the energy consumption of the morning, but only half of the Americans are awake to take advantage of the sun .”

4. Improve the quality of sleep

Schedule changes “wreak havoc on people’s sleep cycles,” says Calandrillo.

The lawyer mentions studies that show that in the US the heart attacks increased by 24% one week after the time change in March.

Copyright of the GETTY imageImage caption Have you got confused with the time change?


If the standard schedule is maintained throughout the year, it would also avoid affecting people’s sleep , but according to Calandrillo, this schedule does not offer the energy savings, the decrease in deaths and the prevention of crimes that the work schedule does. summer.

5. Increase commerce and recreation

Activities like going out shopping or practicing a sport are more frequent towards dusk than in the early hours of the morning, so sunlight is not as necessary at that time.

According to Calandrillo, that’s why entities like the US Chamber of Commerce. It shows in favor of summer time.

As a point against summer time, Calandrillo mentions that there is another hour of darkness in the mornings, but according to him “the advantages of summer time far exceed those of standard hours”.

“It’s time for the US to move the clocks forward forever and never have to change them again.”

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