Jorge Alcocer Varela, Secretary of Health, assured that the time change has various effects on health of the population, as increased sleepiness in students and heart attacksso the recommendation is to abolish it and return “to God’s clock”.
In the Health Pulse report and in front of the President Andres Manuel Lopez Obradorthe secretary pointed out that studies by the International Society for Research on Biological Rhythms indicate that the advantages of standard time outweigh those of the time change.
He indicated that depression and suicidal ideas are increased at some times of the year and at some times and latitudes, more than others.
“Why should we abolish Daylight Saving Time? The first thing we must consider is that the choice of daylight saving time is political and therefore can be changed. Several nations consider the elimination of daylight saving time in addition to the previous one, the International Society for Research on Biological Rhythms, which concluded that the advantages of standard time outweigh those of the time change. Increasingly, studies show that time differences between the social clock and the biological clock challenge healththey get to alter it, so if we want to improve our health we must not fight against our biological clock”.
“It is advisable to return to standard time, which is when the time of the sundial coincides with the time of the social clock, the clock of God”said.
The secretary indicated that among the adverse effects the time change in the nervous system is drowsiness, irritability, difficulty in attention, concentration and memory. In addition to digestive disorders, increased secretion of gastric juice, diurnal decrease and nocturnal increase in appetite, as well as hormonal disorders and general malaise.
Jorge Alcocer pointed out that the time change has various symptoms that are related to seasonal and even climatic changes.
“Depression and suicidal ideas are increased at some times of the year and at some times and latitudes, more than others. Greater risk in individuals who require concentration to perform functions at the beginning of the day, such as pilots, schoolchildren, teachers, employees and workers. “.
“A synergistic effect with the health changes caused by the SARS-Cov-2 pandemic is possible.”
At the National Palace, the head of Health pointed out that among the adverse effects of summer time on sleep and wakefulness of adolescents are found that the duration of sleep in these decreases an average of 32 minutes at nightmainly during the first two weeks after daylight saving time begins.
“There is decreased attention after the start of daylight saving time, resulting in longer reaction times and increased lapses in school inattention.”
“Conclusions: The onset of daylight saving time affects the sleep and wakefulness of high school students, resulting in increased daytime sleepiness”.
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