Daylight Saving: The Science Behind It

Daylight Saving: The Science Behind It

It’s the time of the year to turn your clocks ahead an hour and reap the benefits of Daylight Savings.  Daylight Savings starts on March 12, 2017, just a weekend before the first day of spring. Many of us abide by this societal norm but don’t understand why we partake in Daylight Savings. Here’s an inside look to why we partake in Daylight Savings and the potential harm it can have on your health

Daylight Savings: the Why and How

Daylight Savings was initially created to cut energy costs, initially with candle wax and later electrical costs. By springing the clock forward, we loose one hour of sleep and that daylight extends farther into the evening hours. Not only does this clock adjustment save energy costs, but it also saves lives by lessening the hours that people have to travel in the dark.

While most electronics reset themselves, moving the time an hour ahead on your old devices including microwaves and clocks will help you transition effortlessly. One fifth of the world follows Daylight Savings time, including 70 countries.

The Effects DST Has On The Body

While an hour may not seem like a significant change for some, this change can affect the body in a negative way.  This slight adjustment to your sleep schedule can cause those who are already sleep deprived to loose even more sleep. Daylight Savings requires people to go to bed earlier, while getting up earlier inversely.

The negative health effects have been noted for both the March and November Daylight Savings shift.  A study showed that an increase of heart attacks followed the start of Daylight Savings. The same study also showed that there was a drop in heart attacks following the end of Daylight savings.

While a direct link has yet to be found, this study suggests that the change in time can effect the heart’s rhythm and put stress on the body.  Fatigue in employees and exhaustion in teens are other effects of this time change.

Daylight Savings may seem like a simple change of an hour, but this change can directly affect your health if you do not prepare correctly.  Simply by refreshing your schedule and taking the actions to improve your sleep habits, you can avoid the sleep deprivation and stress that can come along with this time change. We hope these tips will help you spring forward on Daylight Savings!