2.16.22 – NBC Washington
Research shows the spring time change takes a physical toll, including an increase in heart attacks, car crashes and worker injuries
The Maryland House has approved a bill that would end the biannual changing of the clocks to “fall back” and “spring forward” that Americans are accustom to observing — and dreading.
Democratic Del. Brian Crosby introduced HB 126, which would making Daylight Saving Time permanent, meaning Marylanders would keep their clocks set one hour ahead of standard time all year.
“Ending biannual clock-change will keep our circadian rhythms healthy, lower crime, and help small businesses,” Crosby, who represents St. Mary’s County, said on Twitter.
Researchers say the time shift can cause circadian disruption in humans, a condition linked to countless disorders and diseases, and the loss of an hour of sleep every March takes a toll, including a higher rate of heart attacks, higher blood pressure, increased fatigue and more car crashes. Increased work injuries and a temporary increase in suicides the day after the spring time change are also evident in some studies.
But even if the bill passes the Senate and Gov. Larry Hogan signs it, the legislation still has a major hurdle: changes to the federal Uniform Time Act. The law allows states to exempt themselves from observing Daylight Saving Time, but requires a change in federal law to remain on Daylight Saving Time year-round.
Currently, Hawaii and Arizona are the only two states that do not observe Daylight Saving Time.