Daylight Saving Time: Early Birds vs. Night Owls

Can DST Enhance Your Productivity, Health and Wellness?

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Bad News for Early Risers

The start of DST is bad news for early risers, like my better half, Nicole. She’s a high school teacher who wakes up for work at 5:30 a.m. That’s why she’s not thrilled about changing the clocks. This means Nicole now must wake up and commute to work in the dark, which she says can feel like the middle of the night. This perspective makes sense for a morning person.

  1. Greater work productivity
  2. Fewer health hazards
  3. Better personal well-being.
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Energy Efficiency

We all consume vast amounts of energy in today’s fast evolving digital age where the use of solar power is trending upward. Thus, in an effort to enhance energy efficiency and business cost savings, countless numbers of companies worldwide have “gone green” with the growing popularity of solar energy.

Productivity Factor

Another consequential benefit of gaining an hour of sunlight in the evening is more productivity and better results for some employees. Another upside for business is more revenue for some industries, particularly tourism and hospitality.

  • “The Belfast Telegraph reports that the extra evening light gives Northern Ireland at least £6.34 million a year in extra cash from tourists.”
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Bring on the Night?

It’s certainly no secret that darkness impairs the vision of drivers, which leads to more vehicular accidents.

  • “A joint Transport Research Laboratory and University College of London study predicted that fewer people would be killed and injured in road accidents if one hour of daylight was transferred from the morning to the afternoon.”
  • According to the U.S. National Safety Transportation Board (NSTB), losing just two-hours of sleep can increase risk of “being in drowsy driving crash.”

Other Health Hazards

The medical community — particularly cardiology, psychiatry and psychology — are well aware that less daylight leads to an increased risk of heart attacks, in addition to higher rates of depression and suicide.

Final Thoughts

All the factors noted above represent some significant considerations as the evening looms later. But what’s most important to YOU?

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