Daylight Saving Time starts on Sunday, so we’ll lose an hour of sleep this weekend. If that wasn’t bad enough, here are four OTHER ways it might affect you.
- There’s an increase in heart attacks on Monday. One study found that on Mondays after the time springs forward, hospitals see a 25% increase in heart attacks.
- There are more car crashes. On average there’s an 8% increase in traffic accidents in the days after we lose an hour of sleep.
- You’ll waste more time on the internet. A study found that on the Monday after the shift to Daylight Saving Time, employees spent more time procrastinating and wasting time on the Internet at work.
- Your stress levels may increase. In a study, people’s cortisol levels rose when the sunrise time was pushed back an hour. On average, there was a 5% increase in stress levels.
That might not sound like much, but it could have serious effects depending on your job. For instance, a group of psychologists found that JUDGES were more likely to give harsher sentences after losing an hour of sleep. So hopefully you don’t need to go to court next week.