Osram Calls Time On Daylight Saving

Lighting experts say putting the clocks back will damage our health

With the seasonal clock change approaching in October, Osram is calling time on the traditional idea of daylight saving. Experts studying the biological effects of light who work for Osram suggest there is no real benefit to putting the clocks back an hour each autumn, other than the extra hour of sleep, which is far outweighed by the detriment of waking people earlier in the summertime. This is a change that many people find incredibly difficult to adjust to for some weeks and will experience a significant lack of performance as a result.

As the days get shorter in the winter, the lack of exposure to the ‘right light’ can have a detrimental effect both mentally and physically in the home and workplace. Daylight controls many biological processes in the body along with the internal clock, and consequently many suffer from sleep disorders, chronic fatigue and depression – including Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D). According to Osram’s experts, maintaining a status quo on waking hours throughout the year is far more beneficial to an individual’s body clock.

“We need more light during the day, especially during the morning hours and the traditional approach to daylight saving has proven to cause problems for our chronobiology,” says Dr. Andreas Wojtysiak, senior scientist in light and health at Osram. “The stability and strength of an individual’s circadian rhythm (body clock) is a real weapon against the winter blues, and this is supported by the effects of being exposed to powerful light. Natural or simulated daylight is one of the vital elements of life for healthy growth and development in all organisms, and it must now be a priority to focus on how we use and consume it in our busy modern lives.”

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