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The effects of shifting to and from Daylight Saving Time

Hasselt, S. van (2013) The effects of shifting to and from Daylight Saving Time. Bachelor's Thesis, Biology.

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Abstract

Two times a year 1.5 billion people undergo a transition of a one-hour shift of their clocks. This happens in spring and fall and is called daylight saving time. The main purpose of introducing daylight saving time is energy saving. Daylight saving time disturbs the circadian clock and therefore it shifts the activity pattern. There are many effects of the clock shift, it increases acute myocardial infarcts, alertness on traffic and the sleep quality. In this thesis these effects of daylight saving time will be investigated and discussed. It is concluded that daylight saving time has an impact on the incidence of acute myocardial infarct, the spring shift increases the incidence but the autumn shift decreases the incidence of acute myocardial infarcts. The number of traffic jams and car crashes seems to decrease when shifting to daylight saving time and increases when shifting back. Daylight saving time disturbs the sleep quality, sleep becomes less efficient and more fragmented. Daylight saving time does induce these effects as described above, however to investigate the effects of daylight saving time in more detail more research is necessary.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Degree programme: Biology
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:52
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 07:52
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/10933

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