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How Daylight Saving Time Really Effects your Body

How Daylight Saving Time Really Effects your Body
April 02
14:07 2016

Are you still missing that hour that we lost two weeks ago due to Daylight Saving Time? Or do you like that it is lighter later into the day? Well, regardless it’s never easy to adjust to that time change, even if it is just 60 minutes!

A recent study has been published that sheds some light on what health effects this change has on your body. Interestingly enough, researchers revealed that the overall rate for a stroke was 8% higher in the two days following Daylight Saving Time. Cancer victims had an increase risk of 25% and people over the age of 65 has an increased risk of 20%.

“Previous studies have also shown that the disruption of the circadian clock due to other reasons (e.g. due to rotating shift work) and sleep fragmentation are associated with an increased risk of stroke. However, we did not know whether stroke risk is affected by DST transitions. What is common in these situations is the disturbed sleep cycle, while the immediate mechanisms for the increased risk are unknown at the moment,” said Dr. Jori Ruuskanen, the study author said to CNN.

Losing those 60 minutes seems like a minor change, but Ruuskanen mentions it effects billions. The risk increase does go back down after our bodies have adapted to the change. Ruuskanen and fellow researchers are going to explore this topic further and try to determine other potential health risks from DST.

Unfortunately, an increase risk of strokes aren’t the only negative implications of Daylight Saving Time. According to another study by the University of Alabama, on the Monday and Tuesday after losing the hour, there is a 10% increase in heart attacks.

And the reason? Christopher Barnes, an associate professor at the University of Washington, attributes this to sleep deprivation. “The following Monday, we’ve discovered that people have about 40 minutes less sleep. Because we’re already short on sleep to begin with, the effects of even 40 minutes are noticeable,” he told CNN.

So what we have learn here is that sleeping in or taking a solid nap on that Daylight Saving Time Sunday will certainly do your body good.

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