Could daylight saving be DEADLY?

Economics journal shows spike in fatal car crashes after daylight saving time

Written by Alex Reid
Posted March 18, 2019

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Hi y'all,

Alex Reid here with your Monday roundup.

If you're still struggling with daylight saving time, you're not the only one.

In fact, some increased drowsiness and disorganization may make you one of the lucky ones.

Because according to a study from the American Economic Journal, daylight saving time is literally deadly.

Daylight Saving Time impacts over 1.5 billion people, yet many of its impacts on practicing populations remain uncertain...

My results imply that from 2002–2011 the transition into DST caused over 30 deaths at a social cost of $275 million annually.

As you know, we believe sleep is one of THE most important health factors, so unfortunately, it makes perfect sense that a mass disruption to people's sleep would have serious adverse consequences.

You can check out the full article on the heavy toll of daylight saving time right here.

In other news, more is coming out on the danger of sugary drinks.

A study from the Circulation journal report showed that not only do sugary drinks increase your risk of death, but also swapping in diet drinks won't help much, if it all.

Unfortunately, we're still consuming these sugary drinks at an ALARMING rate.

The average American is reported to get a whopping 37 POUNDS of sugar every year just from these sweetened drinks.

You don't really need a journal article to understand that there's something problematic going on...

But you can still get the rest of those details right here.

In other public health news, a story from NBC is linking rising mental health problems among young people to overuse of social media.

Those born after 1995 are experiencing much more depression and other mental health issues than prior generations.

And it's likely no coincidence that these are the same people who spend hours every single day on smartphones and apps like Snapchat.

A researcher cited by the article explains:

How lack of sleep and overall screen time affects one’s mental health is a real thing...

And it's not just screen time, but it’s also what screen time has replaced. That matters because spending time with people face to face is a big protective factor against depression.

That full story is right here.

To your health,

Alex Reid
President, Longevity Insider HQ