Daylight Saving Time began on March 10th, so before heading to bed on Saturday night we all set our clocks one hour forward. The practice of extending the daylight into the evening has been around since ancient times, although the modern idea wasn’t implemented in the United States until 1918, during the First World War as way to conserve energy. While DST was abandoned by the U.S. after the war; it was reinstated during World War II and again during the energy crisis of the 1970’s. The schedule has changed over the years in the United States; the current schedule began in 2007 and follows the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
The transition into DST can be hard on some individuals. While some people are thrilled to have an extra hour of daylight in the afternoon, others wish they didn’t have to lose that hour of sleep in the morning. It can take a few days for the body to adjust to the change. This can be hazardous in the workplace. In two separate studies, it was found that the switch resulted in 40 minutes less sleep for American workers, a 5.7 percent increase in workplace injuries and nearly 68 percent more work days lost to injuries. Most people wouldn’t think to attribute an accident or mistake due to the loss on just one hour of sleep, but losing that hour can have a profound effect on the body and mind.
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Below we have listed a few tips to help you and your employee’s combat fatigue. Awareness of the safety risks can help you exercise extra caution and potentially avoid the dangerous accidents.
- Perk up with coffee or another caffeinated beverage in the morning; avoid caffeine in the afternoon and evening.
- Expose yourself to daylight soon after waking. Doing so helps adjust the circadian rhythm.
- Avoid bright light in the evening. Computer screens mimic daylight and throw your circadian rhythm off.
- Practice good sleep habits, with a comfy bed, a quiet room and white noise to drown out sounds if necessary.