We don’t know anyone that likes Daylight Savings Time and frankly, it seems to be more confusing than beneficial. But did you know it has other effects on you?
The annual switch to daylight saving time (DST) was originally aimed at helping people save energy in the U.S. However, it does not only alter schedules but also brings some bad effects to your health.
Some studies showed that people don’t actually save energy with DST. Many Americans tend to spend their extra daylight hours outside after school or work, play more sports or buy more stuff. Research found that only less than one percent of people are saving their energy with DST.
1. Heart Attacks
The drastic change in the body clock can disrupt sleep cycles, which could then upset the autonomic nervous system. These changes make the body more stressed and could increase risks of heart attacks by 24 percent.
2. Fertility Issues
Women undergoing in vitro fertilization are at high risk of having fertility issues in the weeks following the shift to DST, according to a study. Researchers found that disruptions in the body clock potentially affect fertility.
3. Higher Workplace Injuries
This problem is also linked to lack of sleep. On the Monday after the DST switch, the rate of workplace injuries increases by 5.7 percent, with most patients reporting sleep deprivation as they head to the office.
Setting the clocks back to standard time cuts one hour from the afternoon daylight, which could then trigger mental illness, including bipolar disorder and seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
5. More Car Accidents
Losing at least an hour of sleep following the switch to DST increases the fatal crash rate in the U.S. Estimates show that a 5.4 to 7.6 percent increase occurs six days following the transition.
This post is an excerpt from an article written for MSN by Darwin Malicdem and if you’d like to read the full article, you can click here!
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