Daylight saving time is the time of the year also known as British Summer Time. This is the period from March until October and means we have lighter evenings and less light mornings. When the clocks are put forward by an hour, for many this won’t affect their sleeping pattern or their body clock. However, for some it can be difficult for their body to adjust which is how accidents at work happen.
How are people affected by daylight saving time?
Each person’s body clock reacts and runs different. For some, they sleep at a certain time and if that time passes and they aren’t asleep, their body may tell them they are tired. However, for some their body may work on how dark or light it is outside. This can mean the changing of time can be difficult on them as the evenings get lighter.
This can cause a lack of sleep thus meaning those who are affected may feel drowsy during the day which could easily cause a work accident claim.
How can drowsiness cause an accident at work?
There are several reasons why and how drowsiness can cause an accident at work. The main one is that if you are tired, you will not be as focused on your work or even when moving around the office. This is when an office accident injury can occur to you or to others. If you do not have enough sleep then you may miss that box on the floor or that puddle and slip up thus potentially causing a nasty work accident claim.
How can I prevent myself feeling drowsy during daylight saving?
There are different things you can try to help yourself sleep better at night to avoid an accident at work injury. Have a nice hot bath before bedtime to help yourself feel sleepy, avoid caffeine in the afternoon and go to bed a bit earlier to help your mind relax and ease into sleep nicer. If your brain and body won’t shut down due to the light then invest in some black-out curtains or blinds to make your room as dark as possible to trick your mind into thinking it is dark outside. These actions could possibly help prevent an accident at work injury.
But, if the accident at work wasn’t your fault, speak to Accident Advice helpline to see if you could make a claim.
Date Published: February 12, 2014
Author: David Brown