From boosted mood, to improved sleep, to more impetus to be outdoors and socialise, longer daylight can have a variety of direct and indirect benefits on our wellbeing.
Changing clocks twice a year may be more than just a biannual annoyance.
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By altering the body’s internal clock, ‘springing forward’ may contribute to an increase in heart attacks and strokes.
The likelihood of hitting a deer is highest during morning and evening twilight.
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Dusk is a dangerous time of day for hitting wildlife on the road, and the one-hour time change means more drivers are out while deer are at their most active and visibility is dropping.
Never “spring forward” or “fall back” again.
Washington, California and Florida are mulling a permanent switch to DST. Proponents say that doing so could improve health, save energy and prevent crime.
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Daylight savings time means our most active periods are better aligned with daylight hours.
Unfortunately, there’s not an unlimited amount of daylight that we can squeeze out of our clocks.
The original arguments Congress made for ‘springing ahead’ have been thoroughly debunked. So why are they still being used by legislators today?
Sleep affects sex, and sex affects sleep. It’s important to pay attention to both.
Research demonstrates a two-way relationship between sleep problems and sexual problems, as well as between satisfying sex and sound sleep. If you want better sex, you need better sleep.
As many as 70 million Americans may not be getting enough sleep. Men get fewer hours of sleep than women.
Few things seem to matter to our health as much as a good night’s sleep, but fewer and fewer of Americans are getting it. A neurologist explains why sleep is so important.
A New York engineer is wheeled away in December 2013, after a train he was driving crashed. Lack of sleep could have been a factor.
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Most Americans dread the time switch to daylight saving time, which results in a loss of an hour’s sleep. The downside is more serious than that – it can lead to workplace injuries and traffic fatalities.
Falling back or staying put?
Advocates say daylight saving time saves energy and wins wars. But studies show that injuries and illnesses rise when the clocks change. Some states may end the practice; others could make it permanent.
Lighter mornings set off a vital biological chain reaction that sets you up for the day.
Time to get up.
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Gaining a better sense of what genes are involved in regulating circadian clocks could put us on a path to find better treatments and therapies to help people adjust to time shifts.
Spring forward, fall back … why?
Daylight saving time advocates say it conserves energy and wins wars. But studies show that injuries and illnesses rise when we switch the clocks. One solution: staying on DST year-round.
Catch those z’s.
The clocks going back hold the tantalising promise of an extra hour in bed. But the modern attitude towards that champion of indolence, the sloth, shows that sloth is still very much a deadly sin.
Researchers have noted a spike in workplace injuries and road accidents as we set the clocks forward.
How daylight savings time could be harming us.
Loss of sleep leads to lapses in attention.
South Australia is considering a permanent change of time zone. Of the several changes proposed, the main contender is to align the state to Eastern time.
Adjusting back to standard time is easy for most of us and can happen in one or two days.
Daylight saving time ends this weekend in most states and territories (barring Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory), meaning we’ll turn our clocks back by one hour on Sunday morning…