Beware drowsy drivers
While much of the research into daylight savings time is mixed and results depend on a host of specific variables, there is one health situation in North America that does increase when we spring forward – motor vehicle accidents. A Canadian study found that there’s a seven percent increase in traffic accidents on the Monday morning following the springtime move to daylight savings time. “Mental and cognitive changes from sleep deprivation, and the resulting difficulties in sustaining attention are probably the factors,” says Carney. So if you’re driving the morning after the change, don’t become a statistic—be extra diligent and careful.