People strongly against Daylight Saving Time might have a legitimate reason to hate winding their clocks forward. It turns out the rates of heart attacks and accidents skyrocket at a certain point every spring, and plummet every fall. Time changes are annoying and sometimes inconvenient, but they might also be deadly.
Read on to find out the real reasons why some people are more at risk of serious injury when time resets.
Workplace accidents increase by over 5%
In the days following the annual time change every spring, workplace accidents and injuries tend to increase. Researchers have also noted that the severity of injuries sustained around this time may also increase, causing more workdays missed as well as more permanent consequences.
Next: People’s heart health also suffers that day.
Heart attacks increase by over 20%
One study suggested that the number of reported heart attacks was 24% higher the Monday following Daylight Saving than others recorded throughout the year. The data also showed that the rate of heart attacks actually decreased in the fall, when people turned their clocks back an hour instead of forward.
Next: Why does a one-hour time difference mess everything up so badly?
Daylight saving has caused a lot of problems over the years
Is Daylight Saving dangerous? It can be, in more ways than one. Some experts worry that people with Seasonal Affective Disorder might suffer without early-morning light, for example. Many argue that it goes against our natural circadian rhythms, which depend on sunlight.
Next: There’s a good explanation for why you’re so tired after time springs forward.
Most people don’t make up for that extra hour of sleep every spring
The average American loses at least 40 minutes of sleep following Daylight Saving. Even if you do try to go to bed earlier, your body’s clock likely doesn’t know the difference. All it knows is that you’re not sleeping at the intervals you usually do — and this might have a bigger impact on your health than you thought.
Next: This is the real reason you might get hurt at work.
Sleep deprivation may increase your accident risk
Some research suggests that the loss of sleep many people experience with the time change might increase their risk of workplace-related accidents. When you don’t get enough sleep, you generally find it more difficult to concentrate. Weakened both mentally and physically, you’re more accident-prone than usual, putting both yourself and others at risk.
Next: What do heart attacks have to do with it?
It might also endanger your heart
Mondays already produce more heart attacks than any other day of the week. The Monday after Daylight Saving messes with your sleep even more. People who are already at high risk of having a heart attack shouldn’t skimp on sleep — especially amidst a time change.
Next: You can still protect yourself from these terrible consequences.
How to stay safe when all your clocks change
Want to avoid heart attacks and accidents around the time spring weather finally arrives? Making sure you’re getting plenty of rest might be one of the best ways to keep yourself and those around you as safe as possible.
Try getting to bed a little earlier than usual the nights before and after the time change. And if you still feel exhausted, maybe, just this once, a nap wouldn’t hurt.
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