Our twice-a-year craziness… because who doesn’t like nightfall before 5:00pm…
Clocks go back an hour this weekend — officially at 2 o’clock Sunday morning. The minute after 1:59am is 1:00am. Setting your clocks before you go to bed Saturday evening or when you wake up Sunday morning is the easiest way to do it.
This is also a great time for many people to change out smoke detector/carbon monoxide detector batteries. It’ll even save you from having to hear that low battery chirping sound later.
Can we get rid of time changes and just stay on one time?
Yes — if we can get Congress to get rid of it… hope springs eternal.
Time change statistics
A Better Sleep Council survey discovered that on the following Monday, 61% of us feel the effects of time changes.
The University of Alabama–Birmingham found a 10% decrease in our risk of heart attack on the Monday and Tuesday following Daylight Saving Time ending. The reverse, however, is true in the spring. That risk goes up by 10% on the following Monday and Tuesday.
Stanford says there is a significant increase in fatal traffic accidents the Sunday the time change occurs.
Michigan State University revealed that, on average, we gain just 12 minutes of extra sleep over the weekend — not an hour. In the spring, however, we lose, on average, 40 minutes of sleep to switch back to Daylight Saving Time.
Careerbuilder found that our 2 time change switches cost the United States with increases in worker injuries and almost half a billion dollars a year in lost productivity for our economy.
A deeper look: