Your Health and Daylight Saving Time

While setting our clocks forward 1 hour for Daylight Saving Time this weekend might mean losing an hour of sleep on the morning after the change, the lack of sleep can have unfortunate effects in those predisposed. A Swedish study has found that the risk of our having a heart attack increases in the first 3 weekdays after switching to DST in the spring. Tiredness induced by the clock change is thought to be the main cause for more traffic accidents and more workplace injuries, and the injuries were of greater severity on the Monday following the start of DST than on other Mondays. A few transition tips: set your alarm to wake up a little earlier than usual on the Friday and Saturday before the time change. This makes it easier to get out of bed on Monday morning. Eat a healthy breakfast first thing; food tells your body it’s the start of the day. And go for a walk… light, and especially sunlight, helps to adjust your body clock.

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