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The onset of daylight saving time can be hazardous to your health

March 11, 2010 |  7:00 am

Dreading this Sunday’s change to daylight saving time, when we'll all lose an hour of sleep? Fatigue isn’t the only thing you’ve got to worry about, according to scientists who have studied multiple aspects of the annual “spring forward” from 2 a.m. to 3 a.m.

Dst Consider:

  • The number of serious heart attacks jumps 6% to 10% on the first three workdays after the start of daylight saving time, according to a 2008 Swedish study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
  • Men are more likely to commit suicide during the first few weeks of daylight saving time than they are during the rest of the year, according to a 2008 Australian study in the journal Sleep and Biological Rhythms.
  • The number of traffic accidents in the U.S. spikes on the Monday after the clocks move forward, researchers reported in the journal Sleep Medicine in 2001. Canadian researchers have pegged the increase there at 8%, according to a 1996 study in the New England Journal. In Sweden, it jumps by 11%, according to a 2000 study in the journal Accident Analysis & Prevention.
  • Economists have found that sleep-deprived traders typically produce “large negative returns on financial-market indices” in the week following the shift to daylight saving time, according to a 2000 paper in the American Economic Review.

Health concerns helped persuade officials in Kazakhstan to quit switching back and forth between standard time and daylight saving time in 2005, according to this report in Kazakhstan Today.

-- Karen Kaplan

Photo: Springing forward at the start of daylight saving time can be hazardous to your health. Photo credit: Los Angeles Times

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Comments (5)

Wow! So when daylight saving time ends in the fall, do traders make smarter trades, and do fewer people commit suicide or have heart attacks? Or is this a net loss? Your readers want to know.

Daylight Savings Time helps no one but the utilities.

A recent survey said most Americans can’t stand Daylight Savings Time at all!! Apparently because most of us simply don’t like getting out of bed an hour early! I think it’s fascinating how much our opinions are based on our comfort. I mean it looks like DST started as a way to save millions of dollars during WW2 and it still saves us millions each year…Hey the problem is we never feel any personal gain so we’d rather just stay in bed. I learned some things I didn’t know here.
http://ketiva.com/News_and_Events/daylight_savings_time_is_in_effect_today.html

EVER SINCE WWII ENDED, THEY SHOULD HAVE ENDED THE DAY-LIGHT SAVING. I AGREE WITH THE LA TIMES . IF WE GET ENOUGH NAMES MABIE OBAMA WILL USE AN EXECUTIVE ORDER AN PUT AN END TOO THE DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME NATION WIDE.

Or "MABIE" you'll learn how to spell "MAYBE" and let everyone else enjoy the long days. DST makes me feel healthier because it's lighter longer after my stupid work day and I can actually get out and exercise in the evenings! If you need to catch up on sleep - use a vacation day!



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