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Be very careful when you “fall back” on November 7, 2021.

This is the date on which we must set our clocks back one hour in honor of daylight saving time.

The drastic change in our daily sleep habits and routines each fall – and each spring – is linked to an increase in heart attacks, strokes or car accidents, according to Business Insider.

When our clocks are “ticking” this spring, hospitals report 24% increase in heart attack visits in the United States

After the daylight saving time, groggy drivers are also more likely to rub the fenders with other groggy drivers.

In fact, researchers estimate that car crashes caused by drowsy drivers in summer time likely claimed 30 more lives each year during the nine-year period from 2002 to 2011, Business reports. Insider.

“This is how fragile your body is and how likely it is not to lose even an hour of sleep,” sleep expert Matthew Walker, author of “How We Sleep,” told Insider.

The reverse happens in the fall when the clocks are set back one hour. Heart attack visits to hospitals are down 21%, but pedestrian deaths are on the rise.

According to NBC News, “Pedestrians walking during the evening rush hour are nearly three times more likely to be struck and killed by cars than before the daylight saving time …”

Two researchers from Carnegie Mellon University say the increase in pedestrian crashes is due to people struggling to adjust to the sudden darkness that comes an hour earlier.

I’m not a fan of daylight saving time, but from November 7th I hope to take advantage of the extra hour of the day.

I have long dreamed of becoming a morning person.

I dreamed of having a very healthy sleep cycle like morning people do – waking up early and resting after a good night’s sleep after going to bed at a decent hour the night before.

But the morning, which starts far too early, has always held me back.

The evening held me back too. It goes way too fast, which forced me to stretch it until the early hours of the morning.

That’s why I’m groggy and brooding in the morning. People know it’s best not to even look in my direction until two cups of coffee – and a few shots of espresso – have been swallowed.

Unfortunately, the morning folks and I have disagreed for years.

They are stunned and talkative before sunrise, while I am brooding and withdrawn.

If daylight saving time legislation is the law of the land, then dizziness and chatter should be banned before 10 a.m.

But I try to make better use of my mornings. I’m not alone.

Because millions of people are working from home due to the pandemic, many people are struggling to find their “morning mojo”.

The Wall Street Journal interviewed sleep and productivity experts to share some tips.

In a nutshell, you should strive to become a better morning person by showing up early – 10 p.m. is better – and getting up at 5:30 a.m.

This gives you time to relax with a coffee, a walk or a bike ride or any other healthy activity. Plus, exposure to the morning sun helps you reset your circadian rhythm.

After two weeks of such a clean life, experts promise, you’ll be in control of your mornings and be more rested and productive than ever.

At least until March, when the clocks are rolling and your mornings of sleep will be wasted again.


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