We spring forward this weekend, turning our clocks ahead one hour in the early morning of Sunday, March 8th. But why exactly do we do this every year? And do we even like it?
MSN.com revealed nearly three-quarters of people surveyed wish to end this change in time. All of us Masiello Employment agree! While it’s nice to gain an extra hour of sleep in the fall, we can’t think of any other positives; on the flip side, we can think of several negatives, like:
- This change in time can throw off circadian rhythms in our bodies, which can lead to an increase in general grumpiness, headaches, and even migraines.
- Daylight Savings Time demands a literal change in time, as in we must correct every single clock in the house (and don’t forget the clock in the car, too!). And we all know it is physically impossible to remember how to change that clock in our vehicle – we practically lose an hour searching through the manual trying to remember how it is done…
- During the first three days following the spring change, there’s a noticeable increase in heart attack- and stroke-related hospital visits. No joke!
- On the Monday following Daylight Savings Time in spring, the risk of workplace injuries is higher than any other Monday of the year, which is quite scary.
- Though many equate this change to decreased energy use, a Yale professor of economics showed back in 2008 that Daylight Savings Time actually increases energy demand. Sigh.
Around the country, movements like #locktheclock are encouraging the government to embrace permanent Daylight Savings Time (meaning we wouldn’t “fall back” in November). Sounds good to us!
So, are you ready to switch, or would you prefer to ditch the switch? We’d love to know!
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