Spring ahead and fall back.
That’s how it’s been for generations, ever since the Uniform Time Act of 1966 established Daylight Saving Time across the United States.
But if you’re SICK of turning the clocks back… and TIRED of adjusting to new hours every spring and fall… you’re not alone. A growing number of folks feel exactly the same way.
But it turns out figuring out how to reset the clock on your microwave isn’t the only downside to this twice a year clock shift. Scientists say Daylight Saving Time could literally be hazardous to your health.
And now, at least one major organization is calling to abolish this health-harming practice.
How Daylight Saving harms your health
This year, the clocks fall back again on November 1st. The night before that happens is both Halloween and a full moon. And two days later, we have a very contentious Election Day.
In other words, a LOT is going on that week.
The good news is the autumn clock change is the better of the two time shifts we have to adjust to every year. Studies show there’s a slight drop in the heart attack rate after we “fall back.”
But the American Academy of Sleep Medicine says when we “spring forward” again is when we really need to worry. The springtime clock shift can lead to a host of threats to our health in the days that follow. Some could even be life-threatening.
- a bump in heart problems, especially in seniors
- an 18 percent higher risk of medical mistakes
- a rise in mood disorders
- more sleep disturbances
- increased car accidents
The organization has joined a formal push to end this nuisance for good, advocating for permanent standard time.
In other words, the clocks would go back on November 1st and then never “spring forward” again.
Reduce clock triggered health risks
Some 38 states have already passed laws advocating for the end of Daylight Saving Time. And bills have been introduced in Congress as well. Meaning this change is something that COULD finally happen, and maybe even soon.
Then again, we both know change tends to be a slow process. Especially when it has anything to do with the government. So we may be dealing with Daylight Saving for many years to come still.
But that doesn’t mean YOU have to sit back and settle for the risks that come with it.
You can take simple actions to stop the damage from the clock if you start early enough.
Instead of shifting the clock by an hour all at once, ease into Daylight Saving changes over a week.
If your schedule and sleep/wake times are like clockwork, go to bed 10 minutes LATER on October 26th and every day that follows. Then do the opposite in the spring. Go to bed 10 minutes EARLIER each day, starting six days before we turn the clocks ahead.
When the clocks change, you’ll already be on schedule.
That should cut back on the risks to your health. But unfortunately, I can’t do anything about the clock on your microwave. Mine has been an hour behind since spring.