Springing ahead for daylight savings time may have more implications than simply losing an hour of sleep. It could contribute to car accidents and health problems, according to recent studies. Many people can easily adapt to the change of losing an hour of sleep so long as they remember to turn their clocks ahead before bed but others struggle with the internal biological rhythm.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published that approximately 40% of American adults don’t get the recommended seven hours of sleep per night. Those individuals who got less than seven hours of sleep during a 24-hour period had a much higher risk of health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, depression, asthma and obesity, when compared with their counterparts getting plenty of shut-eye per night.
After the shift to daylight savings time, according to research from a Stanford University study, there is a small uptick in fatal accidents. This was determined after looking at 21 different years of accident data. More drunken drivers on the road maybe one of the reasons why accidents spike. There is also a short-term increase in the assault rate, according to a University of Pennsylvania study associated with the end of daylight saving each fall.
People on certain medications as well as seniors are more likely to have difficulty making the change to the clock. If you were already involved in an accident on this most recent change in daylight savings time, you need to set aside time to speak directly with a lawyer about your ability to file for compensation.