Posted on March 05 2019
Are you ready to “spring forward”? Don’t forget to set your clocks one hour ahead, Daylight Saving Time (DST) is this Sunday, March 10th.
But what does Daylight Saving Time really mean for you? Well, first off, you’ll lose one hour of sleep Saturday night, which is a bummer. But did you know that setting the clocks ahead has been linked to a variety of unfortunate consequences?
Daylight Saving Time has been noted to cause sleep disturbances, with the average American losing 40 minutes of sleep when we “spring forward” each March. These disruptions can lead to changes in mood, increased irritability, as well as disrupted eating patterns.
In fact, the switch to daylight saving time has been linked to a 25 percent rise in heart attack risk the following Monday, as compared to other Mondays during the year. (According to this study)
The consequences associated with DST have actually led some states to propose bills to do away with Daylight Saving Time entirely. (Read more here)
So what's the point of switching up the clocks? There must be a good reason, right? Well of course there is! Daylight Saving Time does exactly what the name implies: gives us another hour of daylight.
This extra hour of daylight in the evening, paired with the coming of spring and warmer weather, is a real gift! We are given more time, especially as full-time workers, to enjoy being outside and in the sun. There are so many health benefits to the increased intake of sunshine. These include improvements in mental health as well as the multitude of perks that we get from vitamin D, like better bone health.
So let’s use this extra hour of daylight to do more of what we love! Whether that’s going for a scenic hike, a long run, or perhaps doing some yoga outside, DST allows you more time to do it.
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