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I experience a mini-jetlag, the half-eye closed, foggy head syndrome, every year on Monday morning after daylight saving time begins the night before. Frankly, I do not understand why this change is necessary. After all, in Japan where I grew up they did not have Daylight Saving Time. I have often heard that the farmers need it because they want to have long daylight hours. But, do they really? According to the hilarious video clip available online from HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” American farmers do not need Daylight Saving Time. Not only that, daylight saving time was first initiated during the WWI by the Germans in order to save the fuel. It seems very few people like or even need Daylight Saving Time. In addition, according to many health-related studies, Daylight Saving Time can cause health hazards, such as “microsleeps,” traffic accidents, and heart attacks, particularly on Monday after daylight saving time weekend. Ralph Lydic, the Robert H. Cole Professor of Neuroscience, says, according to Medical Press: “For everyone, adequate sleep is as essential for our well-being, and for our ability to perform, as is adequate nutrition. Like nutrition, sleep impacts our exercise, cardiovascular health, immune functions, emotional state, learning, and memory. But unlike consumption of food, we often deprive ourselves of sleep because sleep is devalued as a disruption of waking activities. Yet chronic sleep restriction or deprivation, like poor nutrition, is a serious health risk. The single best predictor of daytime performance is the amount and quality of sleep obtained during the previous night. In a 1996 paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Stanley Coren showed that the start of daylight saving time in the spring is associated with an 8 percent increase in traffic accidents.” Then, why do we keep honoring Daylight Saving Time? According to various news sources, Texas lawmakers “will look at a bill that would end Daylight Saving Time in Texas.” I hope the bill will pass. Then, other states are likely to follow suit, though this bill was unfortunately rejected in our state a few weeks ago (I wonder how many people knew about this).

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