As most, if not all of us are looking forward to moving our clocks forward one hour this weekend, for Daylight Saving Time (DST), it also comes with a spike in fender benders. Traffic accidents tend to spike as much as 17% after the time change, according to a 1998 Canadian study (American Academy of Sleep Medicine).
There are a variety of theories that have been floating around on the reason for the increase in accidents, from the effects of sunrise or sunlight to drowsy drivers to drivers rushing to work as they forgot to reset their alarms. Though the study appears to rule out everything except drowsiness.
To prevent and combat drowsiness, follow these tips as we approach the change to Daylight Saving Time.
Tips to Cope with Daylight Saving Time
- Go to bed 15-20 minutes earlier each night preceding DST.
- Change other daily routines to cue your body of the change, such as adjusting your dinnertime.
- Set your clocks ahead in the early evening on Saturday, and go to bed at your normal time.
- Reset your “body clock” by going outside early Sunday morning to get some sunlight.
- Stick to your normal bedtime on Sunday to set you up for the work week ahead.
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