I am sure you have "sprung forward" already, but take a look at this article's six "eye-opening" facts (no pun intended) about Daylight Savings Time.
1) "A 2012 study by the University of Alabama at Birmingham, reported in Science Daily, found that springing forward by an hour was associated with a 10 per cent increase in the risk of heart attack over the following 48 hours, but it did not pinpoint the reason."
2) "The study found a corresponding 10 per cent decrease in heart attack risk over the 48 hours after people 'fall back' and gain an extra sleeping hour in the fall."
3) "A Swedish study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2008 also found a higher incidence of heart attacks — approximately a seven per cent increase — in the first three weekdays after the clocks spring forward, which researchers attributed to a lack of sleep."
4) "They also noted a similar decrease in the incidence of heart attacks when the clocks fall back. The information was based on Swedish records collected over a 20-year period."
5) "Another study, by two researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh in 2007, found that daylight time has a significant impact on the number of pedestrians killed by vehicles in the immediate aftermath of the time switch in the fall."
"People walking during rush hour in the first few weeks after the clocks fall back in the autumn were more than three times as likely to be fatally struck by cars than before the change. Time of day was a factor in the findings - there was no significant difference in pedestrian accidents at noon, but number rose around 6 p.m. after clocks were moved back an hour."
6) "The researchers, who looked at seven years of U.S. traffic statistics, also found there was a decrease in deaths when clocks spring forward."
So which of the aforementioned facts was the most "eye-opening" for you?
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