The middle of the fall season is almost here and Daylight Standard Time. The clock went back one hour and the days are getting shorter and the nights longer. Unfortunately, both Daylight Standard Time and Daylight Saving Time are also not the best for your health. Both can also have surprising effects on your driving and safety.
When you lose an hour of sleep due to Daylight Saving Time, especially at the beginning, it can have adverse effects on your health. There have been studies performed that confirm that abrupt changes in the time, even when it’s just an hour, is directly related to injuries sustained while on the job. Additionally, there is an uptick in car accidents immediately following Daylight Saving Time. More people are driving while their bodies and minds alike are still tired and yearning sleep.
Daylight Standard Time, which occurs in the fall when we turn the clocks back one hour, also has certain problems and poses risks to your health. As the weather turns steadily cooler and it grows darker earlier, there is a noticeable increase in the number of car accidents and personal injuries as well. Darkness suddenly descending earlier often feels unexpected and it can take your eyes and even brain some time to effectively adjust to the change.
Further studies have shown that losing an hour of daylight during the afternoon due to Daylight Standard Time can lead to the development of mental illnesses such as seasonal affective disorder or “winter depression” and even bipolar disorder.
When you know that the clocks are going to change along with the season, it’s important to stay as safe as possible. Doctors and scientists urge the public to take certain steps to fight the negative effects that come with the time change. They include the following:
- Get as much sleep as you need. This means if you need to, go to bed earlier than your usual bedtime.
- Give your eyes enough time to adjust to the darkness before you walk or drive.
- Take or wear a coat, hat and gloves just in case the temperature suddenly dips.
- Use your added indoor time positively.
- Consult with your doctor if you begin to experience feelings of anxiety or depression.
With these few adjustments, you can be safe and happier during the colder seasons and while darkness lasts longer than daylight.
If you suffered injuries or were in a car accident in Wisconsin due to Daylight Saving or Standard Time, you need experienced Wisconsin personal injury lawyers to help.
McLario Helm Bertling & Spiegel S.C. are on your side every step of the way and will give you the opportunity to discuss your case with skilled Wisconsin personal injury attorneys. A Wisconsin personal injury lawyer will hear your side of things and advise you on the best way to proceed with your case. Contact the law firm immediately to speak with a Wisconsin personal injury attorney.