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Is Daylight Saving Adversely Affecting You?

The hour time shift of daylight saving is regularly touted as an energy saver. For me personally, it feels more like an energy suck. Waking up in the dark this week has been particularly difficult, and trying to get my girls to bed when the sun is still out hasn't been a walk in the park either. I have been relying on a second cup of coffee and admit I have skipped a few morning workouts, but this loss of an hour can have more sleep consequences. The sudden shift in time has been shown to disrupt sleep patterns and create restlessness as well as shorter sleeping duration. A few studies have linked the time shift caused by daylight saving to increased incidences of heart attacks and even suicide, although more research is needed on these grave side effects.

All that being said, I know a few people that love having an extra hour of daylight at the end of their work day. So I am curious about you . . .


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Chicagomarie Chicagomarie 8 years
I get up at 515 to go to work most days, and just as the sun was starting to barely break as I drove to work at 540am, daylight saving started. It kind of sucks, and the extra hour of daylight in the evening makings it harder to go to bed super early, but the sun will shift and I'll get sunlight at 545am again in a month, so I'll live and I really like the extra evening sun
Allytta Allytta 8 years
daylight saving hasen't started in UK yet.
audrina audrina 8 years
Yes, I've had a hard time getting up every morning this week. When I look outside at 6:00 or 7:00 pm, its day light out still. Its still kind of strange. But will definitely get use to it as it gets closer to spring and summer and the days get longer.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 8 years
DST bites.
meg21k meg21k 8 years
I really hasnt affected me this year. Waking up when its dark out makes me fell more productive. Like im waking up extra early.. idk why. lol :) I admit I was a bit tired the first two days but im fine now
kia kia 8 years
Adjusting this year has been hard. I am getting over being sick and feeling fatigued anyway, so the time change is not welcomed over here.
Countess827 Countess827 8 years
I went from waking up at 6.15 to a bright sunrise to now waking up at 6.15 to darkness. I can't get up in the morning-its dark and my brain says its not time to get up....
zeppelinrules zeppelinrules 8 years
I love the extra hour of daylight!
karina2244 karina2244 8 years
I didn't even think about this!! I have been so so tired the past few days & it's really hard to get out of bed :\
TammyO TammyO 8 years
I'm always tired now! I didn't think the change woudl have any effect, in fact I welcomed it cause it means no more getting dark out at 4:00 pm which is always terrible. But Now I'm always tired and seemed to be chained to caffeine. :coffeecup:
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 8 years
I love, love, love the extra hour of daylight! However, I've been having trouble falling asleep before 11pm which is irritating when I have to get up at 6am.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I haven't really noticed anything. I was a little sleepy on Sunday morning because my body thought it was 6am instead of 7am, but after that I've been fine. My dog gets super affected by it, throws her whole internal clock off for at least a week or two.
sfprgirl sfprgirl 8 years
It has been odd to wake up when it's dark and it's certainly harder to get motivated for a morning gym routine. I have taken to walking the SF hills to get home from work. With this gorgeous sunshine lingering for a couple more hours, the evening have gotten even better.
minhoca minhoca 8 years
yes, i just can't seem to get out of bed this week and had to move my workouts to the evening.. which i dont have time for.. which makes me do too much too late.. and the vicious cycle repeats...
sugar_me_sweet sugar_me_sweet 8 years
I'm having trouble waking up for work because there used to be daylight when I woke up but it's dark but I love that the sun is setting later
wanderlusting wanderlusting 8 years
HELL YES! I appreciate the sunshine after work, for sure, so I do like the change in that regard. But like many have noted, I have been incredibly tired all week and have no idea why. I'm having troubles going to sleep too because my body thinks it's early. Funny thing is, I've never had a problem with this before...
AshleySunshine AshleySunshine 8 years
I'm loving the extra hour of light in the evening. I feel way more productive and have been hiking twice this week after work.
Colleeninator Colleeninator 8 years
I'm all kinds of messed up.
Merlin713 Merlin713 8 years
Well, I was supposed to be up this morning at 8, but I slept until 11. :oops: Thankfully I had nowhere to be today.
bchicgrl bchicgrl 8 years
I love that we have one more hour of daylight but I have been having trouble sleeping and getting up on time all week. UGH!!!
AMP AMP 8 years
I wish it would stay on this time schedule all year long. I love having daylight when I'm done with work. It helps me to get stuff done in the evening and definitely motivates me to workout instead of going home and crashing on the couch b/c its dark out.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
it hasn't ever affected me before, but this week I've been a mess!
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
No, I love it!! :)
reallysparkle reallysparkle 8 years
I hate the time shifts. I just don't get it. Where I live in Canada, by the time mid-summer hits, it doesn't get dark till 11 pm, and in the mid-winter it gets dark at 4 pm... yucky. I've been sick and tired this week... time changes always screw me up :(
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I said no, but I can't really tell. I've been having trouble sleeping for weeks now.
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