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Caution! Here's how daylight saving time can mess you up

Sometimes bad things happen the first few days after a time change

March 12, 2018

It's great to suddenly have more light at the end of the day. But be careful out there!

Science tells us we get a little reckless in the first few days after making the switch to Daylight Saving Time in the spring. As this story puts it, "when entire countries lose an hour of sleep simultaneously, bad things happen."

For example:

•There are more deadly car crashes in the first six days of Daylight Saving Time.

•On the Monday after the switch, workplace injuries go up.

•Stock markets usually do a little worse on the Monday after the change. (Are the traders just a little drowsy?)

•And more people have heart attacks on the Monday after the time change.(And in the fall, when we get an hour more sleep, heart attacks go down in the first ocuple of days. Go figure.)

There are some pluses: The crime rate generally drops following the switch to Daylight TIme. And, most importantly, we have more light at the end of the day so we can spend more time outdoors and less time on the couch hypnotized by the flatscreen. Here at the end of a dark damp winter in the PNW, that feels great, right:?

BTW You know what we in the media are supposed to remind you -- that twice a year, when the time changes, you have to get out a stepladder, drag it around your house, and change the batteries in all your smoke detectors. I'm pretty sure it's a scam on the part of the battery companies, but it's better to be safe. And I'll do anything to avoid that little "CHIRP!" that means the battery is near death -- it's annoying (I guess it's designed that way) and it drives my dog insane. If I can avoid that madness, then fine -- I'll buy some of your 9 volt batteries, Energizer, and I'll install them. You win.

Enjoy the daylight, and the sunshine (while it lasts!)