Research shows that during the Day Light Saving Time transition period, you are at risk for increased accidents, heart attacks and problems in the workplace.
Considering most of us are already severely sleep deprived, it's not too difficult to accept that this additional hour of lost sleep is bound to affect our moods, health and safety.
In research by Stanley Coren, Ph.D., University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, Canada, Dr.Coren states: "... the spring shift to Daylight
Saving Time , and the concomitant loss of one hour of sleep, resulted in
an average increase in traffic accidents of approximately 8 percent".
Drs. Imre Janszky of the Karolinska Institute and Rickard Ljung of the National Board of Health and Welfare, in Stockholm, Sweden cited in The New England Journal of Medicine a 5% increase in heart attacks in the first three workdays after clocks were advanced for Daylight Saving Time in the spring.
The effect of the spring transition to Daylight Saving Time on heart attack rates was slightly greater for women than men and more pronounced in people under age 65.
Drs. Janszky and Ljung state: "Our data suggest that vulnerable
people might benefit from avoiding sudden changes in their biologic
Greg Murray from Melbourne, Australia's Swinburne University of Technology said the change can introduce some short-term risks and challenges. An analysis of workplace accidents shows almost a 6% increase in the week following the time-switch, attributed to reduced alertness caused by loss of sleep.
And haven't we all experienced how sleep deprivation affects mood and cooperation ... kids, partners, friends, co-workers, other drivers?
Let's check your pre-Day Light Saving Time transition mood:
How important is it to you and your family that you:
It's possible to make this year's Day Light Saving Time transitioning experience a healthier and safer one, as Drs. Janszky and Ljung recommend.
The following tips will help to lessen sudden changes in your biologic rhythms while adapting to your new "time zone".
But, you've got to take action now!
*Jet lag symptoms can include—trouble concentrating and making decisions, sleepiness, fatigue, lethargy, irritability, sometimes diarrhea or appetite loss.
Optimize your Vitality, Health, Safety and Longevity
Don't stop practicing these healthy sleep habits you've started because you've got through the Daylight Saving Time transition period. You and your family will gain long-term benefits from improved vitality, health, safety and longevity if you continue to regularly practice some simple sleep tips.
Changing your sleep habits for a healthier and happier future does require some determination and consistency ; however, the amazing benefits are well worth it ... and so are you and your family.