Beware of drowsy driving as Daylight Saving Time begins

Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday. Dan Gleiter

DST also causes more reports of injuries at work, more strokes, and may lead to a temporary bump in suicides.

North Carolina has a bill this session to create a committee to study the impact of daylight saving time. "This has two consequences", Dr. M. Safwan Badr, a pulmonologist at DMC's Detroit Receiving Hospital, told CBS News. "They'll cut the number of hours of sleep, or bring the new technologies into the bed, and then they're awake texting and chatting in the nighttime". A study published in Europe in 2018 found a "modest" increase in heart attacks after the clocks change, with the effect more pronounced during the springtime shift.

Get ready to spring forward before going to bed tonight.

The lawmakers say sleep habits also become impaired.

Additionally, sleep deprivation can lead to more workplace injuries and auto crashes. It lists the official time down to the second and has a reminder for daylight saving time changes.

According to research from AAA, drivers who miss two hours of the recommended amount of sleep in a 24-hour period can almost double their risk for a crash.

On the other hand, that same study found the risk fell about as much in the fall, when clocks were turned back.

For most of Mexico, daylight saving time doesn't begin until the first Sunday of April, and won't end until the last Sunday of October. No, seriously. The idea was thrown around and unofficially observed for years, but was officially enacted for the first time during WWI - March 19, 1918 - as a way to conserve coal.

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Supporters point to a study showing an increased risk of auto accidents and heart attacks following the spring change, due to the loss of an hour's sleep. Capital Public Radio sums up nicely the vast hurdles to be hurdled for "Permanent Daylight Saving Time" to become real life (it includes a two-thirds vote in the state legislature, a signature from the governor and also Congressional approval).

If you're feeling sluggish after the time change, don't be afraid to take a little nap during the day.

Time to abide by the adage to spring forward (though it's not yet spring).

But there are some steps you can take to help.

"California has passed a proposition to the Legislature, Oregon has a measure, Idaho has a resolution to go with the time zone - so the intent is really to move our time zone". Stick to healthy sleep habits. It'll go on through 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3. Driving between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m.is particularly unsafe, because your circadian rhythm is at its lowest during this two-hour period.

Gradually adjust your sleep and wake times beginning two to three nights before the time change by shifting your bedtime 15 or 20 minutes earlier each night.

The questions are simply whether it's worth the hassles twice a year, some arguable negative health effects and whether we can all get on the same clock year round. At 2am, clocks are to be set forward an hour, meaning it'll jump from 2 in the morning, to 3am.

Yes, the time change can be especially hard on a child's sleep habits.

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