Why We Spring Forward March 09 2020
Ugh! Mondays, am I right? This Monday is particularly bad because it’s the first Monday after Daylight Saving Time. Now you probably remember the first Daylight Saving Time blogs that we wrote back in November, but that was the end of DST where we move the clocks back one hour and gain some sleep and this is the beginning of DST where we move the clocks forward and lose an hour of sleep.
William Willett, or Will-Will as we here at Medquarters like to call him, was the Englishman who subjected that DST be a thing. WOW, wow, wow, put down the torches and pitchforks, the man’s been dead for over 100 years, and in fact he had had the idea to move the clocks forward in 20 minutes increments over the 4 Sundays during April and do the same thing back over 4 Sundays in September. We’ll never know if this would have been better or worse for everyone’s sleep cycle because his suggestion was denied. Will-Will died in 1915, 3 years before Germany, the country England was at war with, implemented DST to save on energy.
But no one knew the kind of effect DST would have on people. A 2013 study found that there is a 25% increase in heart attacks occurred the day after the beginning of DST and the risk of having a heart attack increase by about 10%. There is also an increase in cluster headaches during the transition into and out of DST. And there is an increase in fatal
car accidents the Monday after DST begins, so be careful out there. There are also studies showing a 2% decrease in SAT scores when the test are after DST. Sleep is important because it allows your body to repair, allows your blood pressure to regulate itself, and allows your brain to recharge and be ready for a new day. If you don’t get enough rest, your body can’t repair itself. Now, and an hour less of sleep doesn’t seem like much, but imagine if you don’t get the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep a night, during DST you get even less sleep and that can have negative effects on your body.
We’re making it sound like DST is a bad thing, and it’s not. Believe it or not, DST has some upsides to it. The sun is out longer, allowing people to do more things during the day before it gets dark. You are also less likely to get robbed during daylight savings time. Also, in 1999, DST prevented a terrorist bombing when they didn’t realize that the time changed back and the bomb went off an hour early, killing 3 terrorists instead of the intended victims.