The Strange Effects Of Daylight Saving Time (DST)

March 5, 2019

Prepare for it now. Daylight saving time starts this Sunday, which not only means we lose an hour of weekend (and sleep) but strange things happen. The likelihood that you'll spend more money in the first Monday of Daylight Saving Time (DST) was proven in a 2016 study comparing spending habits in Los Angeles, which observed DST and Phoenix, Arizona, which does not observe the time change.  What they found was those in Los Angeles spent nearly 1% more per capita at the beginning of DST than in Phoenix.  When Standard Time resume in the fall, there was a 3.9% per capita spending decrease in Los Angeles. Many studies have shown that DST is associated with an increase in heart attacks, with one study showing a 24% increase in the number of heart attacks on the Monday after DST. Another report found that the percentage of missed medical appointments increased significantly following DST. The risks of being involved in a car accident increases too. A 2001 study confirmed that there was a significant increase in accidents on the Monday after the shift to DST. A 2018 New Zealand study echoed the sentiment, finding that on the first day of DST road accidents increased 16%. Hope that you won't be judged Monday as one study found judges handed out 5%t longer sentences on the Monday after DST. Other oddities to look for next week include more mining injuries, sleepier kids, decreased satisfaction with life in general and more cyberloafing .  However the strange time shift events usually correct themselves within the first week of DST.

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SOURCE: Mental Floss

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