What's Worse Spring Forward or Fall Back?
As we once again set our clocks back an hour the debate continues over what's worse for your health, springing forward or falling back?
According to sleep experts at Sleep Cycle, it is inevitable that people will wake up in worse moods after having lost an hour in the springtime. Breaking it down, here are the results of best and worst sleep states after "springing forward" in March.
San Francisco slept the best • Miami slept the worst • Miami got the least amount of sleep • Phoenix got the most sleep • Portland woke up in the worst mood • Phoenix woke up in the best mood.
Mood aside, an article from Health.com says the time change can also bring devastating health effects. Researchers say IVF success during the time change period has dropped, heart attack rates spike and the number of strokes rises.
On Saturday clocks will be set back and people across the U.S. are given another hour to sleep, but it may come at the cost of your mental health. Sleep Cycle experts polled this time change as well, resulting in the following:
• Denver slept the best • Miami slept the worst • San Antonio got the least amount of sleep • Minneapolis got the most sleep • Phoenix woke up in the worst mood • San Francisco woke up in the best mood.
Sleep experts say that depression rates rise around the time change in November and those who suffer from cluster headaches may start to feel their affects again.
AAA advises drivers during these time changes to use discretion when adjusting your commute and sleep patterns. Drowsy drivers are involved in an estimated 21% of fatal crashes, up 4.5% from 2010. The report also estimated drowsy driving causes 328,000 crashes, 109,000 injuries, and 6,400 deaths each year, as most drivers drift out of their lanes or off the road.
Here are some recommendations from AAA for pedestrian safety when adjusting to a time change:
• See and be seen –drivers need to see you to avoid you
• Make eye contact with drivers when crossing streets
• Wear bright colors or reflective clothing at night
• Carry a flashlight when walking or walking pets in the dark
• Walk on the sidewalk. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic.
Recommendations for drivers:
• Motorists should be well-rested.
• Drivers should anticipate changing light conditions, especially during the first week of the time change.
• To reduce glare, invest in and wear high-quality sunglasses.
• Motorists should watch for children and families in neighborhoods and school bus routes, at intersections, and when backing out of driveways.
• Remember to turn on lights during dusk or semi-dark hours.