It's not your imagination: 5 ways Daylight Saving Time can affect your health

CLEVELAND - Consider this, it's not just the one hour we lose on Sunday. Doctors say, multiply that by seven, an entire week. That's how long it can take for us to adjust.

5 ways DST can affect your health

1. "A 2014 study published in Open Heart found a 25% jump in the number of heart attacks occurring the Monday after DST starts, compared to other Mondays during the year." 

2. "In general, 'losing' an hour in the spring is more difficult to adjust to than 'gaining' an hour in the fall. An 'earlier' bedtime may cause difficulty falling asleep and increased wakefulness during the early part of the night." WebMD 

3. "People who already are at risk for stroke may face an increased risk after the switch to daylight saving time — at least temporarily, a new study shows." Cleveland Clinic

4. The US National Highway Transportation Safety Administration "found a very small, but significant, increase of road deaths on the Monday after the clock shift in the spring. The number of deadly accidents jumped to an average of 83.5 on the "spring forward" Monday compared with an average of 78.2 on a typical Monday."

5. "When your body hasn’t had enough rest, the nervous system is overworked, causing stress. Also, consistent lack of sleep can negatively affect your body's ability to regulate stress hormones, which leads to high blood pressure." The Active Times



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