It's that magical time of year again - not the holiday season - the time of year when our clocks "fall back" an hour. And while there's a lot to cheer about when it comes to a potential extra hour in bed, there's also some funky stuff that happens when Daylight Saving Time ends, and we're figuring out the "why" of them all.
1. "Wait...What was I doing?"
You'd think that an extra hour for sleeping would mean more of us would be well rested, but it's actually the opposite for the first week after our clocks change. A lot of people feel decreases in performance, concentration, and memory after their clocks fall back an hour.
The main reason is that a lot of us end up having trouble adjusting to going to sleep "later" after the time change since we still have to wake up fairly early in the morning. Because, let's be honest, even with the extra hour we get for sleep, few of us are actually using it to sleep. We usually spend it binge watching one more episode of Stranger Things.
2. Darker Days are Here for Retail
In one JPMorgan Chase study, researchers found that after our clocks fall back an hour, people also tend to spend less at local retailers - 3.5% less, to be exact. Since the end of DST makes it get darker earlier, many potential shoppers get out of work when it's starting to get dark out.
This messes with the impulse decision we sometimes get to go out and buy something before heading home. The fact that its dark out makes people feel they should go home and start on dinner before it gets too late - even if it is only 5pm. Basically, DST turns our brains into our parents, shouting at us to be home before supper time.
3. Your Heart "Hearts" Sleep
One nice thing about the extra hour of potential snooze time is the decrease in heart attacks. Apparently, insufficient sleep can mess with your body's hormones and increase the levels of chemicals that can contribute to heart disease. So hit the snooze button a couple of times - your heart might actually appreciate it.
4. Beep, Beep
According to the New England Journal of Medicine, when DST ends in Canada, the amount of car accidents decreases slightly. The researchers figured that with the extra hour of sleep and extra sun in the morning, Canadian drivers have fewer lapses of attention during daily activities, like driving in traffic.
But here's where things get interesting: In the US, accidents increase on the Sunday after the fall time change. Livescience.com says that it might be due to the fact that subtle changes in sleep patterns can alter alertness until our bodies adjust to our new sleep schedule; but Health.Harvard.Edu has a different theory which is, "perhaps Americans are more likely than Canadians to use their extra hour...for partying and wee-hour driving". Tell us how you really feel, Harvard.
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