This year daylight saving time begins on March 12 at 2:00 am. While the extra sunlight is welcomed and allows us to be more active, the adjustment period could take time to fine-tune a new routine. Unfortunately, we lose an hour of sleep which can be difficult. The time change might not sound that serious, but experts warn that disrupting sleep patterns comes with a few risks. For example, the number of heart attacks increases and the number of traffic crashes is higher the day after the time change.
There are some things you can do to avoid these things from happening so you can focus on the benefits of increased sunlight
- Try to go to bed 15 minutes earlier for a few days leading to the time change – this will give your body a chance to get used to the change gradually
- Be alert on the road – sleep deprivation is common after the time change and it can lead to traffic crashes
- Put the phone down – don’t drive, bike, or walk distracted
- If you have the option, work from home after the time change – this way you avoid being on the road altogether.
- Exercise with care – if you have chronic heart disease and have been inactive for a while, take it easy, start with a slow 30-minute walk
Daylight saving time is also a great reminder to tune up your bike for spring – check your tires, gears, nuts, and bolts, or take it to a shop for a tune-up.
Stay safe and enjoy the extra sunlight!