Making up for Lost Time – Daylight Saving Time Effects

running at sunriseDaylight Saving Time was implemented during the First World War in order to increase the hours of daylight to conserve resources. When we refer to Daylight Saving Time (DST), we are not just talking about the one Sunday where the clocks change; we are actually referring to the entire the 8-month period when DST takes place, which begins in March and ends in November. Although most states in the U.S. practice DST, Arizona, Hawaii and other territories do not for differing reasons.

Although there are many criticisms of DST, the benefits seem to outweigh the costs. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), DST saves energy and is correlated to crime reduction. “During Daylight Saving Time, the sun sets one hour later in the evenings, so the need to use electricity for household lighting and appliances is reduced. People tend to spend more time outside in the evenings during Daylight Saving Time, which reduces the need to use electricity in the home.” As for the reduction in crime the DOT says, “more people are out conducting their affairs during the daylight rather than at night, when more crime occurs.”

You probably felt the effects of DST on Monday morning as opposed to Sunday morning. On Sunday, unless you were up and running for a 5K (no pun intended) or awake for your child’s soccer tournament, you probably took advantage of the weekend morning and slept in. Monday, on the other hand, is when your alarm went off and you were tempted to hit the snooze button a few times. Don’t feel bad if you did. There’s a reason why your body didn’t want you to get out of bed sooner than you normally do. “Losing” an hour of beauty rest can be more detrimental than you think. Sleep deprivation can result in:

 

  • Decreased Performance and Alertness
  • Memory and Cognitive Impairment
  • Stress

These effects might seem daunting and over exaggerated, but you’d be surprised how these can easily creep into your week. At SelectQuote, we encourage you to be conscious of the time you dedicate to your sleep this week so that you avoid the effects of sleep deprivation as much as possible. We hope that instead of being bogged down by “losing an hour” you can use DST to your advantage. Plan an outdoor activity with your family or take a walk after dinner with a friend… just because you can. Make up for lost time by completing that task you’ve been putting off and start your week off with an extra spring in your step!

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