Now that we are a week into daylight saving time (DST), have you found the hour of sleep you lost last Saturday night? For those who grumble each year when DST is upon us, there is growing evidence that the twice-yearly clock adjusting is not all that beneficial. Although DST is intended to save energy, that was not the case in Indiana, where their energy use increased after they implemented DST in 2006.
Also, there is an increase in the number of car accidents, strokes and heart attacks after the spring time change. Finally, for those who believe there are economic benefits to DST, Cornell researchers last year examined spending habits and found that though there was a slight uptick in spending the week after the spring change, that was offset by larger negative spending after the fall time change. Read the report here.