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A thrifty couple will not be putting their clocks back this weekend - because it saves money on their energy bills. Retired John and Janys Warren, from St Georges near Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, live 'in the future' an hour ahead of everybody else and save a third on their gas and electricity bills. The couple stopped putting their clocks back five years ago when they realised the darker and shorter days were triggering John's headaches. Living on British Summer Time all year round meant his headache's eased, they could enjoy an extra hour of daylight and save money. Janys, 69, said: "We have lower fuel bills and far more usable daylight hours with evenings not seeming endless. "We don't put the heating on until we get up and by then it is warmer anyway. We've saved about one third on our heating and lighting bills.
Kazakhstan abolished the time change after a survey found 51 percent of Kazakhs reacted badly to it.
After the Kazakh winter, the appearance of sunshine alone is probably enough for most of them. It found that traffic accidents actually increased with the time change.
A Swedish study suggested that on the Monday after the time-change, accidents increased because people had lost an hour's sleep over the weekend.
More seriously, there is our health and our body clocks.
Dr Marc Schlosberg of the Washington Hospital-Sleep Center says the Circadian rhythm is set by a clock inside our brain called the hypothalamus which tells us when to go to sleep and when to wake up in the morning.
Sunrise directs the body to release various "wakeful" hormones, which boost metabolism, and body temperature.
Some studies have suggested that the disruption to our rhythms have caused a higher rate of heart attacks. Research published in 2008 in the New England Journal of Medicine found the incidence of heart attack "was significantly increased for the first 3 weekdays after the transition to daylight saving time in the spring" -- some 5 percent. The study used 20 years of data from Sweden.
And a study of Australian statistics over three decades suggests that suicide rates - especially among men - increase after the time-change, concluding "small shifts in diurnal rhythms are potentially destabilizing in vulnerable individuals."
Personally, I HATE it.
Studies have shown that the "time change" definitely affects people - it can take MONTHS to adjust to it.
I say GET RID OF IT.
reply to post by scotsdavy1
On a (possibly) more serious note, if I leave my timepiece as it is, and my beloved moves with the times - when she asks me a particularly awkward question ............
Will I already be an hour late with the answer ?
A Yorkshireman is a Scot with all the generosity squeezed out.