Ways to Reduce Daylight Savings

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The days are about to get gloriously longer, the nights shorter and the weather even more perfect than it has been.

But there is a dark side to all this daylight: Fatal car crashes increase by as much as 17% on the Monday immediately following the transition to daylight saving time (DST).

Losing that hour of sleep causes enough of a disruption to our collective circadian rhythm that DST has become a major public health issue. Everyone from car insurance companies to emergency room physicians issue warnings this time of year to drive defensively and be prepared for the worse.

But I have a different recommendation: Go to bed. Read more on the Daily Pilot, Los Angeles Times

Jay Puangco, MD, FAASM, DABPN
Chair of Neurology Hoag Hospital
Chief of Sleep Medicine at the Hoag Voltmer Sleep Center

 

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