GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Nov. 1 is the day to fall back, marking the end of daylight saving time. Some people will breeze seamlessly through the change, but others may feel out of it for a few days.
During the time change, there is an increase in safety incidents. The increase of darkness around rush hour, when traffic is at a peak, is a concern for drivers and pedestrians. Drivers are not used to the decreased visibility and pedestrians, who are walking at sunrise or dusk, are more likely to be struck and killed.
Here are some tips to help cope with the time change:
Studies suggest there is a physiological consequence to changing our clocks. Driving in the dark can make drivers drowsier than usual. Don’t be surprised by feeling a little sluggish during the first week of November.
Evidence suggests that safety problems at work and home increase with time changes. Being aware of the increased risk of accidents during the time change can help to avoid mishaps. Be alert and watchful for pedestrians and bicyclists on crosswalks and the side of the road.
Wear brightly colored clothing and reflective gear. Use the crosswalks and sidewalks when possible. If sidewalks are not available, walk on the side of the road facing oncoming traffic.
Working out releases serotonin, a chemical in the brain which helps our bodies adjust to the time change. A brisk morning walk is ideal. Exercising late in the evening could interfere with sleep.
People might be hungry earlier or later than before the time change. If eating late, allow ample time to digest the food before going to bed. Having a heavy meal in your stomach will interfere with the quality of sleep.
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