10 Nov 2010

Year-round daylight saving may be better for health

12:25 pm on 10 November 2010

A study published in the British Medical Journal says keeping clocks forward one hour all year round is better for people's health.

The study focused on Scotland, saying continual daylight savings time would provide most adults with an additional 300 hours of daylight a year.

The report's author, Mayer Hillman from Britain's Policy Studies Institute, says support for the idea is growing in the United Kingdom.

Dr Hillman told Radio New Zealand's Nine to Noon programme that people would have more time for outdoor activities including tennis and gardening, which are good for their physical health.

More daylight is also good for people's mental health, he says.

A bill promoting year-round daylight savings is before Parliament in the United Kingdom and is due to be debated early in December.