When considered against the country’s geographical location and the sun’s trajectory, the clock in Iceland is fast. A lack of daylight in the first hours after waking can negatively affect how the body regulates functions, a condition known as “clock fatigue.” Correcting the clock could help alleviate the symptoms of sleep disorders, and even have a positive effect on other health conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
The idea of correcting the clock has previously been discussed in parliament, including in 2015, but has not received substantive consideration.
The task force will submit a report to the minister summarizing their conclusions by the first of February.
Ministry of Welfare specialist Ásthildur Knútsdóttir has been appointed chairman of the task force. Other members include Björg Þorleifsdóttir, associate professor at the University of Iceland’s Faculty of Medicine; psychologist Erla Björnsdóttir, who is also the founder and director of the company “Betri svefn” (Better Sleep); and Sveinbjörn Kristjánsson, project manager at the Department of Health.