Mar 7, 2014
Time Flies Thanks to DSTBy Tim Hodson

Didn’t this weekend feel like it flew by?

As you should know by now, for most Americans (except in Arizona and Hawaii), this weekend was one hour shorter – thanks to Daylight Saving Time (FYI, there is no “s” on the end of Saving). If you haven’t set your clock back yet, you are probably going to be late for your first appointment today.

It’s amazing how a one-hour time shift can really impact every day life. Some people love Daylight Saving Time while others hate it, and they have their reasons.

Over the next few days you’ll probably notice some people are a little groggier as their bodies adapt to their new sleeping patterns. In fact, according to several medical studies some people are more susceptible to heart attacks during the first few days of Daylight Saving Time due to “disturbed sleep and disruption of biological rhythms.” Fortunately, this trend reverses in the fall when we set our clocks back an hour.

On the other hand, because daylight runs later in the day now, people tend to be much more active and productive. There also are fewer automobile accidents and fatalities because more people are driving when it is light outside.

No matter which side of the DST argument you fall on, it is a fact of life. You can find out how much you know about the Daylight Saving Time facts of life by taking this 10-question quiz.

How does DST impact you and your business? Drop me a line at [email protected] and let me know if you were an hour late to any meeting yesterday or today. And if you are really missing that hour you lost this weekend, just remember, you’ll get it back on Nov. 2.

– Tim

Tim Hodson

Tim Hodson is the editorial director of GPN and Big Grower. He can be reached at [email protected]

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