Posted: Mar 09, 2017 11:07 PM PST
Updated: Mar 09, 2017 11:07 PM PST
According to Mother Nature Network, there is a ton of data that points to negative effects on our bodies from the time change resulting from daylight saving time. With our clocks springing forward this weekend, take a look at some of the potential drawbacks.
Our bodies may never adjust to springing forward: A group of German researchers say that we as humans forget that there is a biological clock that is as old as living organisms. The group's study found that our body has no trouble when we gain an hour, but never adjusts when we spring ahead.
According to a 2006 Finnish study, a decrease of sleep by about one hour could reduce a person's sleep efficiency by 10 percent. The study concluded that the time change appears to compromise a person's sleep by decreasing sleep time.
The sudden time change could be causing more heart attacks. According to data from patients in Michigan hospitals, there were 25 percent more heart attacks on the Monday after daylight saving time went into effect. Another study in Sweden found that the chance of a heart attack increases during the first three weekdays after springing ahead.
Increased risk of suicide for vulnerable individuals: The Mother Nature Network cites a 2008 study that found that disruptions in sleep patterns for individuals with bipolar disorder can be potentially life-threatening. The study concluded that suicide rates increased following daylight saving time.
Increased risk of workplace injuries: A 2009 study examined workplace injuries in the periods after daylight saving time's time change. It found that on the Monday after DST began, workers suffered more frequent and more severe injuries, whereas no such difference was observed during the fall time change.
The time shift could affect SAT scores: One study found a "strong negative relationship between imposition of (DST) in a geographic area and SAT scores of local high school students," according to Mother Nature Network.
A 2012 study in the Journal of Applied Psychology linked DST and increased laziness at work, or "cyberloafing." Employees tended to waste more time on Facebook and personal email at work after the DST shift, according to researchers cited by Mother Nature Network.