A New York study earlier this year suggested heart attacks spike in the days after losing an hour, as those already at risk suffer poor health on less sleep.
The link between the clocks going forward and a spike in hospitalisations has been well-documented.
There is a well-documented link between the clocks going forward and a spike in hospitalisations as people’s health often worsens when they get fewer hours of sleep
Paul Zimmit is a professor of diabetes at Monash University who says Australians will suffer when the country’s clocks go forward an hour on October 4.
Experts are calling for Daylight Saving to be scrapped over fears it could worsen people’s health during the coronavirus pandemic.
Now an Australian professor is also speaking out, saying we should seriously consider doing away with the practice altogether, at least while the pandemic is ongoing.
These adverse health effects will strike at a bad time as the world continues to grapple with Covid-19, which has infected more than 26,000 Australians so far.
“There is also cognitive dysfunction in relation to the daylight saving and the change in timing to our normal body rhythms.”
“In terms of the scientific evidence, which we will want to stick with at the moment, there are more heart attacks just after daylight saving, more road accidents, and then you’ve got workplace accidents, car accidents and their implications,” he told 3AW.
People needing urgent hospital treatment could struggle to be seen as doctors and nurses tend to vulnerable virus victims, putting more pressure on healthcare systems around the world.
“It wasn’t frittered away. It wasn’t because pressure came on a bad decision was made, the wrong decision was made. We’ve got to avoid that.
“People will be able to go out and enjoy the city, enjoy the state, enjoy being back at work, enjoy a sense of confidence as they go into 2021 and you know what they’ll enjoy most? They’ll enjoy the fundamental truth that all that they’ve given, all that they’ve done count counted for something,” he said.
However Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews had dismissed Prof Zimmet’s idea, saying firmly that “daylight saving will be proceeding”.
“This will be a summer like no other and daylight saving, I can confirm, will be a feature of it.”
“For months, Republicans and Democrats have been at loggerheads over a broad stimulus package –but a permanent switch to DST would be a stimulus package all on its own,” he wrote for Time this week.
“It would boost economic growth, ease the mental health crisis, reduce crime and even save lives. That’s why Congress must act now. The clock is ticking, and we can’t afford to move it back.”
Former US Senator Orrin Hatch has also called for an end to the biannual clock practice, saying Daylight Saving should be made permanent because increased daylight hours would help the pandemic-ravaged economy.