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The Effects of Daylight Savings


by Elana Garay
SPORTS AND HEALTH EDITOR

This past Sunday at 2 a.m. began Daylight Saving. An hour was lost as the clocks were moved to one hour ahead. Daylight Savings dates back to World War, “The U.S. first adopted Daylight Saving Time during the First World War to save fuel. The country ended the practice a year later, only to start again during World War II. Congress passed the Uniform Time Act of 1966 to mandate official dates to switch to and from Daylight Saving, although states may opt out,” states from the website of finance yahoo.
Moving the clocks by one hour more could cause a few health issues, “On the health front, Daylight Saving brings a slight rise in the number of heart attacks, from 5% according to Swedish researchers in 1987 to 10% in a University of Alabama study. But motor vehicle and pedestrian fatalities do drop, researchers from Rutgers have said,” continues from finance yahoo.
It is somewhat difficult to adjust when losing an hour of sleep. It’s a lot harder to adjust to Daylight Savings than with moving the clock back an hour in November, “Moving our clocks in either direction changes the principal time cue — light — for setting and resetting our 24-hour natural cycle, or circadian rhythm. In doing so, our internal clock becomes out of sync or mismatched with our current day-night cycle”, states WebMd. “In general, “losing” an hour in the spring is more difficult to adjust to than “gaining” an hour in the fall. It is similar to airplane travel; traveling east we lose time. An “earlier” bedtime may cause difficulty falling asleep and increased wakefulness during the early part of the night.”
Some ways to help with the adjusting would be to sleep earlier than normal and drink coffee in the morning to help with waking up.