Daylight Savings Time May Impact Americans’ Health

Americans turned their clocks ahead this weekend — but researchers have conflicting views on Daylight Savings Time’s effect on Americans’ mental and physical well-being. Some experts, like University of Washington’s Hendrik Wolff, say that nationwide studies have shown that “at the time of daylight saving time extension in the spring, television watching is substantially reduced, and outdoor behaviors like jogging, walking, or going to the park are substantially increased.” On the other hand, studies by chronobiologist Till Roenneberg suggest that by pushing the body’s natural biological rhythms out of sync, Daylight Savings has resulted in an American population with lower productivity, lower quality of life, and more tired and susceptible to illnesses.