🕰️ daylight savings kills people?

the life-saving magic of 1 hour of sleep

“There is a global experiment performed on 1.6 billion people twice a year, and it’s called daylight savings time.”

Matt Barker

If you’re like me, you woke up this last Sunday morning and went, “oh crap.. is it TODAY?!”

Suddenly you’re an hour off schedule, you gotta reset all your clocks, and you just wanna take a nap.

Every year they say congress is passing some law to eliminate it.

Whether you’re pro- or anti-daylight savings, these stats are mind-blowing.

Turns out every year:

  • The day we lose an hour in the spring = +24% more heart attacks

  • The day we gain an hour in the fall = -21% fewer heart attacks

And there’s similar stats for:

  • Car crashes

  • Suicide rates

Regardless of what the government decides to do about daylight savings, one thing is clear:

You getting even one hour more of sleep quite literally could save your life.

You don’t have to wait for congress, your mom, or your dog to do anything different.

Just go to bed sooner and enjoy many years more of not being dead yet.

For more awesome sleep insights, watch Matt Barker’s awesome TedTalk where I got the idea for this habit example.

Whenever you normally go to sleep, try just 30 minutes earlier.

Resist the temptation to lay in your bed scrolling your phone and eating up that 30 mins you tried gaining…

As time goes on, work up to going to sleep a full hour earlier than you do now.

It may not seem like much, but like any habit, a little goes a long way (and might even save you from a heart attack).

She literally woke me up Sunday morning to say:

“Hey dad,

I’m planning a girl’s trip.

We’re going to New York.

No boys allowed.

You can’t come.

Just girls.


Thanks for reading!

- Kody

P.S. This song always puts a smile on my face when I’m having a bad day.