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Toolbox Talk - Daylight Savings

Max People Health & Safety Bulletin

shutup-sunDaylight savings has landed

Every September, we look forward to moving our clocks ahead an hour. Longer days, plenty of vitamin D, warm weather and BBQ's! Awesome!

The only downside is the one hour of sleep we lose as we change the clocks.

New studies show that losing just an hour of sleep could pose some dangerous consequences for those in hazardous work environments.



Daylight Saving 'Fatigue' Tips:

1. Don’t expect your biological clock to adjust straight away. For most of us our 'biological clock' cycle runs a bit longer than 24 hours (we reset a little every day). Be patient, the adjustment will happen eventually.

2. Expect to feel 'jet lagged' for a few days. How does that work? Sunday morning, you probably slept longer than normal. Sunday night, you actually went to bed an hour earlier, according to ‘biological clock time’. You may have had a harder time getting to sleep, which can cause anxiety as you bum out about not being able to sleep. To top it all off, on Monday your body wakes up still thinking it’s an hour earlier than your alarm clock says, which sucks big time and means your mood probably wont be the best and you may not be that alert.

3. Don't give yourself ‘social jet lag’ on top of the daylight savings jet lag. Have a good time next weekend but try not to sleep in for too long on Sunday. Otherwise expect a repeat of last weekends lack of sleep and Monday morning blues.

4. Take a nap. A nap is an efficient way to catch up on sleep. A short ‘power nap’ for 20 to 25 minutes will be enough to enhance your attention for up to three hours afterward.

5. Put the screens away. As the sun goes down the light shifts from blue wavelengths to red wavelengths. Our bodies read this as a signal that the day is ending. It triggers the release of melatonin, the hormone that aids sleep. The screens on our mobile phones and laptops emit blue light, which can confuse our bodies into thinking that it’s still waking—and working—hours. Phones off well before bed could be a good thing. Definitely food for thought on that one!

Our  team discussing this weeks toolbox talk at the Chch Metro Sports Facility

Remember team! Safety is a habit!