Daylight Saving Time And ‘Springing Forward’ Is Bad For Your Health
Do you ever feel that Daylight Saving Time is bad for your health? Apparently "springing forward" is what's really bad.
University of Alabama at Birmingham Professor Martin Young says:
"The Monday and Tuesday after moving the clocks ahead one hour in March is associated with a 10 percent increase in the risk of having a heart attack. The opposite is true when falling back in October. This risk decreases by about 10 percent. Exactly why this happens is not known but there are several theories. Sleep deprivation, the body's circadian clock and immune responses all can come into play when considering reasons that changing the time by an hour can be detrimental to someone's health."
A Michigan State University study reveals that when we 'fall back', and daylight saving time ends, we only gain 12 minutes of sleep and not one hour. In the spring, when that hour is taken away, people lose an average of 40 minutes of sleep.
So what are some ways you can prepare and help your health? Here's some tips: eat a decent-sized breakfast, go outside in the sunlight in the early morning, and exercise in the morning over the weekend (as long as you do not have pre-existing heart disease). Doing all of this will help reset clocks in the brain that reacts to changes in light/dark cycles.