Why Time is One of Humanity’s Greatest Inventions

Why Time is One of Humanity’s Greatest Inventions

Time has a fascinating history. Much of our modern world wouldn’t be what it is today without the development of better and better clocks. From clocks that use pendulums, to those that use cesium, this video covers the complete history of one of humanity’s greatest inventions.

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25 Facts About Time To Mess Up Your Biological Clock

25 Facts About Time To Mess Up Your Biological Clock

There’s no doubt that time commands our everyday lives in many ways. Everything we do depends on time since most obligations have been structured based on the twenty-four hours of the day: the hours we work, the hours we rest or sleep, the times we’re allowed to do certain things (you’re not supposed to play loud music at two in the morning, for example), and so on.

More importantly, our existence is controlled by time as well, since aging and eventually dying is directly intertwined with time as we perceive it.

However, according to thinkers, scientists, and philosophers, the concept of “time” is a weird one, and the world of quantum physics that attempts to analyze it in greater detail is even weirder.

The modern double-slit experiment—a demonstration that light and matter can display characteristics of both classically defined waves and particles; and moreover, that it displays the fundamentally probabilistic nature of quantum mechanical phenomena—attempted to explore the role of consciousness in shaping and influencing physical reality, illustrating even further how strange the concept of time is and how we might never manage to understand it using traditional logic. If this intro has not confused you enough. then feel free to read the following 25 Facts About Time To Mess Up Your Biological Clock.

We can assure, these facts about time will make you reconsider a few things about “reality”.

Does ‘Daylight Savings Time’ Cause Health Problems or Worsen Medical Conditions?

Does ‘Daylight Savings Time’ Cause Health Problems or Worsen Medical Conditions?

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Moving clocks ahead an hour for daylight saving means more evening sun. But it can also cause ‘microsleeps’ – nodding off with potentially dangerous consequences – until we adapt.“[1]

Many individuals throughout Western society are experiencing insomnia and other sleep conditions more frequently. Because of this predicament in our “already overworked, sleep-deprived country,’ shifting the time by one hour twice a year to accommodate Daylight Savings Time (DST) now has greater significance than ever. It now takes less of life’s daily stresses to produce ‘microsleeps’ during the day which then interrupt both work and play.

Susceptibility to “microsleeps” increases after the time shift, resulting in a spike in car crashes, including fatal ones where alcohol is involved, as well an increase in workplace injuries. A general sense of DST ennui also results in more “cyber-loafing” than usual, thanks to DST’s impacts on the “ego depletion model of self-regulation,” according to the Journal of Applied Psychology.”[1]

Many of us are unaware of the effects that the biannual DST time changes have on them. Whether those effects occur over the day of the shift, the ensuing week, or some longer time frame, it is important for everyone to beware of the potential risks involved. Particularly where it concerns work that is dangerous, or that requires a high level of concentration, is it good to know the adverse impacts of disturbed sleep patterns.

Health Problems and Medical Conditions can Likewise be Exacerbated

“As people set their clocks forward an hour for daylight saving time this Sunday (March 8), they may also want to take extra care of their heart. That’s because people tend to have more heart attacks on the Monday following spring’s daylight saving time, according to a recent study.”[2]

The above quote comes from an article posted today, Sunday, March 8th, which also happens to be the first day of Daylight Savings Time time change. Because of the life-threatening nature of heart attacks, this relatively unknown medical factoid can save someone’s life.

“In fact, the number of heart attacks increased 24 percent on the Monday following a daylight saving time, compared with the daily average for the weeks surrounding the start of daylight saving time, according to a 2014 study in the journal Open Heart.”[2]

There are various theories advanced for this rise in the incidence of heart attacks immediately following the Spring DST Sunday. As follows:

“The exact reasons for the rise of heart attacks in the spring aren’t clear, but researchers have several ideas. The hour change may disrupt circadian rhythms and interfere with cortisol levels, hormones that fluctuate throughout the day to help manage stress on the body, and increase blood sugar when sugar levels are low.”[2]

Because of the disruption of sleep at night, as well as the adverse health outcomes of changing the clock twice every year, there is a growing movement to abandon this national ritual. Some individuals and families have even resorted to keeping the time the same throughout the year in their home. For those with home businesses this causes virtually no problems. For school-age children and adults who work outside the home, there is more time management required in order to keep the schedules straight.

It appears that the health consequences of moving the clocks were never considered during the original formulation of the policy. Therefore, it would seem to be incumbent upon each person to assess their own vulnerability, as well as any serious risk factors, which might be associated with the yearly DST practice.

End notes

[1] After daylight saving time shift, beware of ‘microsleeps’

[2] Watch Out: Daylight Saving Time May Cause Heart Attack Spike
This article was written by Robert Harington and first appeared on Natural Society