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5 Bright and Dark Effects of Daylight Savings Time on Health

While we all just got an hour back thanks to the recent fall back from Daylight Savings Time (DST) to standard time, it may not be a complete gain as far as our health is concerned.

Gaining the hour back on a weekend probably tempted many to stay in bed and sleep in, but doing so might have thrown your internal clock out of whack. In fact, the changing of the clock forward and backwards each year can have quite an effect on your overall well-being. Here are five facts you may lose sleep over regarding DST…


1. Pedestrians Beware

According to a recent article from CBC, the clocks falling back in fall can actually be dangerous or fatal for pedestrians walking during morning rush hour. A U.S. study showed the probability of being hit by a car on foot is actually three times higher than normal after the clock rolls back, explained the article.

The reason, noted the CBC, is that drivers have adjusted their brains to DST and don’t automatically drive more cautiously to account for the lower light conditions in the mornings. Research also found that losing an hour of sleep in spring caused dramatic increases in traffic accidents from lack of alertness behind the wheel.


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