When you look at the numbers behind Daylight Savings Time, there’s a pretty good reason to believe we all need to go to bed earlier.
You might not be excited about losing that hour of sleep thanks to Daylight Savings Time, which will begin on March 8th this year, but there’s actually a lot more at stake than just feeling tired in the morning. It might seem trivial, but we can actually measure the ways that Daylight Savings Time will affect people’s day. Just remember the difference that going to bed an hour earlier can have, and make sure you prepare for the March time shift!
Studies have shown that the rate of car accidents will dramatically increase during the March time change and will fall when November rolls around to change it back. What makes it even worse is that the statistics show an even larger increase in the number of fatal car accidents. Since you are way more prone to make mistakes when you’re sleep-deprived and catch mistakes when you’re well-rested, a single hour can make a huge difference at that scale.
When you lose or gain that hour of sleep, hospitals around the world are affected. The number of people who suffer from strokes and heart attacks will actually go up 24% on March 9th. An hour of sleep might not seem like that much, but the amount of stress it puts on your entire body is enough to place you at risk.
One of the most important things about healthy sleep habits is about maintaining a regular sleep time. Completely changing your body’s natural cycles and moving it backward a whole hour can wreak havoc on your wakefulness. Experts estimate that it can take you up to 45 days before your body is fully adjusted to your new normal, which is a long time to wait before falling back into a normal routine.