Sleep Experts Says Standard Time Should Be Made Permament, Not Daylight Saving Time

A day after the Senate unexpectedly voted unanimously to make Daylight Saving Time permanent, the Washington Post reported that sleep experts are saying that while they agree the twice-yearly time shifts should stop, it’s standard time that should be made permanent, not Daylight Saving Time.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) said in a statement after the Senate vote that it overlooks potential health risks associated with Daylight Saving Time. The organization says that standard time is more closely associated with humans’ circadian rhythm, and that disrupting it, as happens with Daylight Saving Time, has been associated with increased risks of obesity, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease and depression.

The measure would still have to be approved by the House and then signed by President Biden to become law, and the AASM said, “We call on the House to take more time to assess the potential ramifications of establishing permanent daylight saving time before making such an important decision that will affect all Americans.”