The Cost of Daylight Savings: Time For A Change?

by | Mar 15, 2019

The Cost of Daylight Savings: Time For A Change?The clocks have moved forward and the time change might be shortening our life span.

According to, each Monday after the springtime shift to daylight saving, hospitals report a twenty four percent spike in heart attack visits. Then eight months later the number drops as people experience an extra sixty minutes of sleep.

Coincidence? According to sleep experts moving the clock forward an hour will deprive anyone in bed of an extra forty minutes of sleep. A sign of just how fragile we are when it comes to the amount of rest we need.

And it’s not just the threat to your ticker. Researchers estimate there are more car crashes, work injuries and strokes immediately following the change—not just about your health.

When we move the clock forward, according to federal law, night-shift workers only get paid for seven hours work instead of the usual eight.

Daylight saving time was created to save energy in the evening during world war one, now experts say it’s not saving energy at all, if anything it’s costing us.

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