Mind Your Microbiome: Daylight Saving Time is Coming

Posted by: | March 15, 2017 | Comments

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What happens to your bacteria when you lose an hour of sleep?

We hate to remind you, but you’ll be getting an hour less sleep this coming Sunday (March 12th) if you live in the US or Canada.

Daylight Saving Time begins.

Oh dear.

Other countries start their Daylight Saving Time on differing dates, but here in the US, it always begins on the second Sunday in March.

Your Monday may therefore begin with less of a zing than normal (more on that in a second) but what impact, if any, does “springing forward” have on your bacteria?

We’ll soon find out.

First, however, spare a thought for trial defendants who may be due for sentencing on what has become known as Sleepy Monday.

Remarkable research led by the University of Washington last year showed that judges in the US are inclined to give defendants longer sentences the day after switching to Daylight Saving Time.

The researchers examined sentencing data collected between 1992 and 2003, discovering that sentences on Sleepy Monday were 5% longer than on other days.

They put this down to judges being sleep-deprived and, we might conclude, grumpier.

Could it have something to do with their gut microbiome, though?

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