“Spring Forward” means that come Sunday, March 11, Daylight Saving Time will cause us all to lose an hour of sleep. It may not seem like a lot, but missing just that one hour of sleep upsets your natural circadian rhythm, which can throw you off for the entire week. Concentration slacks, productivity drops, risk of headaches increases and eating habits get out of whack. Sounds rough, huh? But don’t worry, there’s good news!
You can easily avoid these risks by going to bed 15 minutes earlier each night a week before Daylight Saving Time. Just 15 minutes! So start tonight. Make dinner a bit earlier, DVR your favorite TV show, do whatever it takes to get to bed just a few minutes earlier than usual, and you will be in tip top shape for enjoying the benefits of DST!
Check out some of the reasons to love Daylight Saving Time (yes, it’s ‘Saving Time,’ not ‘Savings Time’).
Be Happier: People can be happier when there is more daylight. Serotonin levels tend to increase on sunny days, which can correlate with better moods. There are those that suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of depression caused by the changes in season. In most cases, SAD symptoms appear during the fall or early winter due to darker days, and go away during spring and summer where it’s sunnier. So don’t worry, be happy.
Feel Safer: Recent studies have shown that with the extra hour of daylight we gain, crime rates reduce. Criminals are less likely to commit a crime in broad daylight where they are more likely to be seen, identified, and/or caught. Walking home or taking the subway in daylight sounds better than in the dark. Who doesn’t want to feel safer?
Get Active: More light gets the public more inclined to get active. You’ll notice more people on the street, more kids at the park, neighbors walking their dogs, etc. Join a sports club team, go for a run or even take up golf after work. Do whatever you can to get away from the computer or TV screen and enjoy the evening sun.
Drive the Economy: More sunlight in the evening hours spurs additional spending. More people are inclined to go shopping after work due to a longer day, so retail sales go up. More people are driving, so gas and snack sales increase. The tourism industry profits. Even recreational industries report an increase in sales. Go shopping, eat outside at a restaurant, check out the local farmers market or go to an outdoor concert or event.
Avoid Artificial light: Longer evenings allow you to enjoy more real light rather than fake light, which is great news. Studies are indicating that artificial light, particularly blue light, may be harmful to health, so soak in the sunlight when possible! Sounds funny coming from a light bulb company, but we want everyone to enjoy real light whenever possible. In fact, we designed our Finally® light bulbs to provide a more authentic looking light, which produces 66% less harsh blue light than LED, for when the sun does finally set on DST. When night comes around, we hope there’s only one type of warm beautiful light on your mind. Finally® light bulbs.
Don’t miss out on all that Daylight Saving Time has to offer. Starting on March 11th, get outside and get moving! But until then, get to bed early.