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March 23, 2019

3/7/2019 11:07:00 AM
Grousing aside, time to 'spring forward'
It's time to "spring ahead" again.

Time change for Crawford and surrounding counties is Sunday.

Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, so Crawford County residents should turn their clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday - if they don't want to get up an hour late Sunday morning.

Most of Indiana, including Terre Haute and Vincennes, is in the Eastern Time Zone and will stay an hour ahead of Illinois. Evansville is still in the Central Time Zone with Illinois. As a result, it will remain on the same time as Crawford County when it springs forward.

Time changes can be used as reminders to do other chores. For example, the American Red Cross encourages people to change batteries in smoke detectors at the spring and fall time changes. The group also reminds people to test smoke alarms once a month.

Time change is also a good time to change batteries in carbon monoxide detectors and update first aid and other emergency kits for homes and vehicles.

There is a growing disenchantment with time changes. The European Union is planning to drop them and critics claim they are responsible for everything from accidents to heart attacks.

According to one California firm, research shows moving the clocks forward each spring disrupts a person's circadian rhythm.

This abrupt misalignment between the body's internal clock and a person's sleep-wake behavior can be detrimental to overall health and wellbeing, said Roy Raymann, vice president of Sleep Science and Scientific Affairs at SleepScore Labs.

The disruption associated with "springing forward" coincides with a 24 percent increased risk of heart attack the Monday following the time change and the probability of a stroke also increases by 15 percent, Raymann claimed. Drivers are also more susceptible to car accidents, which spike by 9 percent during the spring transition.

DST ends Sunday, Nov. 3.

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