Your case of the Mondays is about to get worse.Sunday at 2 a.m. is the start of daylight saving time, which means all of sleep-deprived America loses one precious hour of shut-eye.
It’s the most fussed-about hour of the year. For many, the disruption is torture.
About 61% of Americans say changing the clocks has an effect on them, and 40% say it takes them at least one week to get back to normal, according to a recent survey by the Better Sleep Council, a mattress industry group.
Experts are conflicted.
“That one hour doesn’t have as dramatic of an effect as people think,” says David Volpi, founder and medical director of Eos Sleep, a center for treatment of snoring and sleep apnea. “I think people use that as an excuse. It’s only an hour. It’s not like you are dealing with jet lag.”
On the other hand, sleep educator Nancy Rothstein says the small shift makes a huge difference. “Our body clock is a natural thing. Changing the clock is not natural. It’s a man-made thing that forces changes on us,” Rothstein says. “People have enough trouble with their sleep as it is. Seventy-six percent of Americans want a better night of sleep.”
And on a Monday morning? That’s rough.
According to a survey from Sleepy’s, the mattress retailer, nearly 70% of Americans would favor moving the time change from 2 a.m. Sunday to 2 a.m. Saturday.
Sleepy’s even has a link on Facebook for sleep devotees to sign a petition urging lawmakers to officially change the day. The petition says the shift would soften the Monday morning clock shock that many will feel after springing forward.
But not everyone is bummed.
Randy Alfred, 59, of Toronto, Canada, which also follows Daylight Saving Time, says he’d gladly trade that hour of sleep for more light in the evenings.
“My wife and I are walkers in the evening after work, and the dark takes the fun right out of it,” Alfred says. “We usually hit the sidewalks at 6 or 6:30 and it’s already dark. To us it means spring’s coming.”
Alfred is not alone.
“I look forward to it every year,” says Phaedra Steele, 44, of Orlando. “I feel alive when there is more daylight. We live on a lake and it allows us time to paddle board.”
One thing is certain: You have to remember to change your clocks. Otherwise, your sleep-deprived boss might not be so happy.
Source: USA Today
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Daylight saving time will end with a “fall back” to standard time on Sunday, November 6, at 2 a.m. Don’t forget to turn you clocks back on Saturday night before you go to bed so that you can enjoy the extra hour on Sunday morning.
Myths and Interesting Facts About Daylight Saving Time (from LiveScience.com)
- Turns out, people tend to have more heart attacks on the Monday following the “spring forward” switch to daylight saving time. Researchers reporting in 2014 in the journal Open Heart, found that heart attacks increased 24 percent on that Monday, compared with the daily average number for the weeks surrounding the start of DST.
- Before the Uniform Time Act was passed in the United States, there was a period in which anyplace could or could not observe DST, leading to chaos. For instance, if one took a 35-mile bus ride from Moundsville, West Virginia, to Steubenville, Ohio, he or she would pass through no fewer than seven time changes, according to Prerau. At some point, Minneapolis and St. Paul were on different clocks.
- A study published in 2009 in the Journal of Applied Psychologyshowed that during the week following the “spring forward” into DST, mine workers got 40 minutes less sleep and had 5.7 percent more workplace injuries than they did during any other days of the year.
- Pets notice the time change, as well. Since humans set the routines for their fluffy loved ones, dogs and cats living indoors and even cows are disrupted when, say, you bring their food an hour late or come to milk them later than usual, according to Alison Holdhus-Small, a research assistant at CSIRO Livestock Industries, an Australia-based research and development organization.
- The fact that the time changes at 2 a.m. at least in the U.S., may have to do with practicality. For instance, it’s late enough that most people are home from outings and setting the clock back an hour won’t switch the date to “yesterday.” In addition, it’s early enough not to affect early shift workers and early churchgoers, according to the WebExhibits, an online museum.