After plenty of confusion and numerous web searches asking “when is Daylight Savings Time,” and “when to turn the clocks ahead,” it’s finally time to spring forward! Daylight Saving Time begins early Sunday morning, March 11, 2012. Also known as DST, it’s a welcomed change and a holiday for some, but a potential problem for others, including local Rhode Islanders.
Some states like Arizona and Hawaii won’t be observing Daylight Savings Time in 2012, but residents in the Providence area are some of lucky ones that will be enjoying an extra hour of daylight every evening until they “fall back” on Sunday, November 4, 2012. That’s when they turn the clocks back again and try to catch up with an extra hour of sleep.
Daylight Savings Time Increases Risk of Heart Attacks?
Although Rhode Islanders have enjoyed a mild winter this year, they are also longing for spring and an extra hour of daylight to do the things everyone enjoys after a hard day at work or school. Daylight Savings Time isn’t all fun and games for some though. Losing that precious hour of sleep also brings with it potential risks some experts say.
Changing the time by an hour can be detrimental to someone’s health claims Young.
- Sleep deprivation
- Body’s circadian clock
- Immune responses
What can you do to prepare your body for Daylight Savings Time?
- Wake up 30 minutes earlier on Saturday and Sunday
- Eat breakfast
- Get early morning sunlight
- Exercise in the mornings over the weekend
Daylight Savings Time, Sleep Disorders and Car Accidents Too?
According to ABC NEWS, losing that precious hour of sleep during Daylight Saving Time, and lack of sleep in general, has been linked to all sorts of problems like “car crashes, industrial disasters, medical mistakes and other workplace accidents.”
“Most of us believe that there are a lot more fall asleep crashes than reported. This is probably just the tip of the iceberg. It’s probably not reported accurately because a number of states don’t even having a ‘falling asleep while driving’ tick in the box when reporting a car crash. People need to understand that if they cut back on sleep, they’re potentially paying a dangerous price later on,” said Pack.
Daylight Savings Time in the Providence, Rhode Island Area
The state of Rhode Island observes Daylight Savings Time, and will “spring ahead” at 2:00am Sunday morning, March 11, 2012. After a spring, summer and fall of longer daylight hours, RI will once again “fall back” at 2:00am Sunday morning, November 4, 2012. Rhode Island state and federal government offices will change their clocks as well as schools, post offices, retailers, etc.
Sources: U.S. Naval Oceanography; Time and Date.com; ABC News.com; Turn to 10
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