Results for - Changing from Daylight Saving Time - A SAD Situation?

1,892 voters participated in this survey

"Daylight Saving...enlarges the opportunities for the pursuit of health and happiness among the millions of people who live in this country". -Winston Churchill

1. There's little doubt that Daylight Saving Time has been a great benefit wherever it has been implemented over the past 100 years. Any problem arising from it has only come from the yearly switching back-and-forth between DST and Standard Time - and the effect this has on the sleep patterns of many people - which has seen an increased volume of accidents as noted by hospital emergency wards in the 2 weeks following each change. With this in mind, do you yourself notice being more fatigued and/or accident-prone following at least one of the twice-yearly time changes?

Yes
36%
684 votes
No
47%
880 votes
Not Applicable
17%
328 votes

2. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a feeling of sadness or malaise experienced by those not otherwise afflicted by a depressive disorder brought about by reduced exposure to daylight as daytime hours shorten in the autumn. Do you believe this effect is made even worse by the early November time change which deprives us of the hour of sunlight we are more likely to be exposed to in the late afternoon than we are early in the morning to where it is shifted?

Yes
38%
718 votes
No
25%
470 votes
Don't know/ Not Applicable
37%
704 votes

3. SAD is experienced by about 5% of the North American population while a milder form of the condition, the 'winter blues', is experienced by another estimated 15%. Even if you don't think you suffer from either of these do you at least find that it has a negative effect on your mood or energy that it gets dark outside around 5 pm during much of the autumn and winter months?

Yes
45%
857 votes
No
25%
467 votes
Not Applicable/ Haven't noticed one way or another
30%
568 votes

4. Do you agree that any problem associated with DST isn't DST itself but is more due to the fact that we ever switch off it and that as a society we would be better off if we just stayed on DST all year round (making that the new Standard Time) and finally put an end to the twice-yearly time change madness?

Yes
42%
796 votes
No
21%
396 votes
Not Applicable/ No Opinion
37%
700 votes
01/20/2016 Seasons 1892 38 Anonymous

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