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This weekend we’ll set our clocks back one hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday.
While many of us enjoy the extra hour of sleep or play that comes with the end of Daylight Savings Time, we found ourselves wondering what effect, if any, the time change has on workplace injury rates – especially given the link that exists between the spring time change and increased workplace injuries. Does “falling back” have the same impact?
In 2012, we explored this a little (see Fall time change = fewer workplace injuries?). While we found the answer to be no, the time change can have an impact on our health overall. And not in a good way.
That’s because less daylight usually means less physical activity. Research has shown that losing an hour of daylight can actually lead to obesity, disturbed sleep patterns and depression.
So what can you do to minimize the impact? Stay active. Eat healthy foods. And, if the dark, cold days impact your mood, try to spend some time outdoors during the bright, daylight hours or invest in a fluorescent lamp that can help elevate serotonin levels.
Remember these safety tips and to-do’s every time you reset your clocks:
Work safe. For life.