Daylight Savings Time – No Thanks!
"Spring ahead, Fall back"...we all know the drill for daylight savings time but that doesn't mean we all like it. In fact, most of us don't!
A new survey finds 63 percent of Americans polled want a fixed, year-round time. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) also favors a set it and forget it approach to time.
According to the United Press International (UPI) , the President of the AASM says that time changes increase the risk of stroke, hospital admissions, sleep loss, and also add to inflammation—one of the body’s responses to stress. Researchers also say there’s an 18 percent increase in adverse medical events due to human error in the week after switching to daylight saving time in the spring.
So what the best approach to adjusting to the switch that takes place this coming Sunday?
- Going to bed at your usual time.
- Setting your clocks back one hour just before getting into bed.
- Waking up at your regular time.
- Noting how much better you feel after an extra hour of sleep and make it a goal to get enough sleep each day.
Even the prestigious Mayo Clinic has a position on the annual clock adjustment -"Permanent, year-round standard time is the best choice to most closely match our circadian sleep-wake cycle...Daylight saving time results in more darkness in the morning and more light in the evening, disrupting the body's natural rhythm."