Safety Tips for Springing Forward

The start of Daylight Saving Time (DST) has long been associated with increased risks, including traffic accidents. After losing an average of 40 minutes of sleep, drivers are more likely to be in a fatal traffic accident on the first Monday of DST compared to any other Monday.

While some experts argue that DST actually improves driving conditions because of increased daylight and visibility, others argue that the effects of sleep deprivation cause a spike in accidents. This spike also applies to workplace accidents, especially for those with physically taxing jobs.

Regardless of which experts are right, we can all agree that proper sleep helps us function at our best. Keep these sleep tips in mind as you ease into DST next week:

  • Gradually transition into the time change in order to minimize the impact.
  • Know how much sleep you need. If you’re not sure, don’t use an alarm clock on weekends, and see when your body wakes up naturally.
  • Keep regular sleep hours: go to bed and wake up at the same time each day.
  • Get some exercise during the day and avoid stimulating substances for 4-6 hours before bedtime.

Source: International Business Times, Web MD