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Daylight saving time transitions and road traffic accidents.
J Environ Public Health. 2010; 2010:657167.JE

Abstract

Circadian rhythm disruptions may have harmful impacts on health. Circadian rhythm disruptions caused by jet lag compromise the quality and amount of sleep and may lead to a variety of symptoms such as fatigue, headache, and loss of attention and alertness. Even a minor change in time schedule may cause considerable stress for the body. Transitions into and out of daylight saving time alter the social and environmental timing twice a year. According to earlier studies, this change in time-schedule leads to sleep disruption and fragmentation of the circadian rhythm. Since sleep deprivation decreases motivation, attention, and alertness, transitions into and out of daylight saving time may increase the amount of accidents during the following days after the transition. We studied the amount of road traffic accidents one week before and one week after transitions into and out of daylight saving time during years from 1981 to 2006. Our results demonstrated that transitions into and out of daylight saving time did not increase the number of traffic road accidents.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, National Institute for Health and Welfare, 00271 Helsinki, Finland. tuuli.lahti@thl.fiNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

20652036

Citation

Lahti, Tuuli, et al. "Daylight Saving Time Transitions and Road Traffic Accidents." Journal of Environmental and Public Health, vol. 2010, 2010, p. 657167.
Lahti T, Nysten E, Haukka J, et al. Daylight saving time transitions and road traffic accidents. J Environ Public Health. 2010;2010:657167.
Lahti, T., Nysten, E., Haukka, J., Sulander, P., & Partonen, T. (2010). Daylight saving time transitions and road traffic accidents. Journal of Environmental and Public Health, 2010, 657167. https://doi.org/10.1155/2010/657167
Lahti T, et al. Daylight Saving Time Transitions and Road Traffic Accidents. J Environ Public Health. 2010;2010:657167. PubMed PMID: 20652036.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Daylight saving time transitions and road traffic accidents. AU - Lahti,Tuuli, AU - Nysten,Esa, AU - Haukka,Jari, AU - Sulander,Pekka, AU - Partonen,Timo, Y1 - 2010/06/27/ PY - 2009/10/29/received PY - 2010/03/11/revised PY - 2010/05/04/accepted PY - 2010/7/24/entrez PY - 2010/7/24/pubmed PY - 2012/4/17/medline SP - 657167 EP - 657167 JF - Journal of environmental and public health JO - J Environ Public Health VL - 2010 N2 - Circadian rhythm disruptions may have harmful impacts on health. Circadian rhythm disruptions caused by jet lag compromise the quality and amount of sleep and may lead to a variety of symptoms such as fatigue, headache, and loss of attention and alertness. Even a minor change in time schedule may cause considerable stress for the body. Transitions into and out of daylight saving time alter the social and environmental timing twice a year. According to earlier studies, this change in time-schedule leads to sleep disruption and fragmentation of the circadian rhythm. Since sleep deprivation decreases motivation, attention, and alertness, transitions into and out of daylight saving time may increase the amount of accidents during the following days after the transition. We studied the amount of road traffic accidents one week before and one week after transitions into and out of daylight saving time during years from 1981 to 2006. Our results demonstrated that transitions into and out of daylight saving time did not increase the number of traffic road accidents. SN - 1687-9813 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/20652036/Daylight_saving_time_transitions_and_road_traffic_accidents_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1155/2010/657167 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -