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AASM favors switch to permanent standard time

AASM favors switch to permanent standard time

DARIEN, Ill. – The American Academy of Sleep Medicine applauds the U.S. Senate for passing the Sunshine Protection Act, a bill that would eliminate twice yearly time changes, but it says establishing a permanent standard time would be a better option. 

The Senate on Tuesday passed the bill to make daylight saving time permanent starting in 2023. 

AASM in 2020 issued a position statement supporting the elimination of seasonal time changes. It says data show the sudden change from standard time to daylight saving time in March is associated with significant public health and safety risks, including increased risk of adverse cardiovascular events, mood disorders and motor vehicle crashes. 

The statement was endorsed by more than 20 medical, scientific and civic organizations, including the American College of Chest Physicians, American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, National PTA, National Safety Council, Society for Research on Biological Rhythms, and World Sleep Society.



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