By now, most of us have either moved in or out of daylight saving time (DST). For us here in Melbourne Australia, it signals the rapid decline into cold and dark winter, making us slightly jealous of our friends in the northern hemisphere! However, we’ve been doing some interesting reading about moving into DST, that has made the thought of rugging up that little bit easier!
According to research:
- The chance of having a heart attack increases by 5-10% in the first three weekdays after the transition to DST. It was also found transitioning back to standard time decreased the likelihood;
- Fatal vehicle crashes increase by almost 7% immediately after to the transition into DST;
- People sustain more workplace injuries and injuries of greater severity on the Monday immediately after the DST transition.
Not all is bleak when it comes to DST! Research has found that criminal activity such as robberies decreases by 7% following the shift to DST.