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Daylight Savings Time: Springing Forward Can Lead to Health Issues and Even Death

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Spring forward with daylight savings time.

Spring forward with daylight savings time.

Losing an hour of sleep can be dangerous

On March 13, 2022, many Americans and about 70 other nations around the world will set their clocks up by one hour which means we lose 60 minutes of time in that day. By "springing forward" daylight savings time is supposed to give us additional light in the evenings and to save energy. You may have already noticed that there is a downside when the time changes. You might feel tired and out of sorts for up to a week, have trouble falling asleep at night and when waking up in the mornings. What you might not be aware of are the serious health risks that this one hour of daylight can cause. Emotional and physical issues including death have been documented as being related to this trend that began during World War I? Increasing research suggests that when we spring forward we do more harm than good to our minds and bodies and some people believe this practice should be discontinued. Let's take a look at what researchers have found out about this annual practice.There may be things going on in your mind and body that you were not even aware of that were connected to springing forward.

Don't forget to set your clocks that don't automatically change on March 13.

Don't forget to set your clocks that don't automatically change on March 13.

Negative impact of daylight savings time

it's great to have an extra hour o daylight during the warm months but it may come at a great cost. Recent studies reveal that during the first days after the clocks are set up in the spring, many people deal with daytime fatigue, a loss of sleep, irritability, and also a decrease in immune function. In addition, during the first weeks after Daylight savings time begins workplace injuries increase as well as reports of heart attacks and strokes. Another alarming statistic is that there is a 6% increase in fatal automobile accidents during the week we “spring forward." This is in comparison with other weeks during the year, Our body’s internal biological “clock”. This clock controls our basic physiological functions, such as when we feel tired or hungry. This is referred to as our circadian rhythm and is roughly but not precisely 24 hours long. When this gets out of wack our heart beats and our breathing begin to be faster. Some liken this effect to jet lag. You might find you are irritable and cranky and dealing with brain fog. You probably did not even associate losing an hour of time with your issues.

Be sure to get plenty of rest and sleep as you adjust to the time change.

Be sure to get plenty of rest and sleep as you adjust to the time change.

How to fight again the issues of daylight savings time

When we spring forward our bodies do not immediately change when the time.does. What was 10:00 PM on the previous night is now 11:00 PM. You may find that you are going to sleep an hour later but having trouble waking up the next morning. What used to be 6:00 AM is now 7:00 Am so your body desires that extra hour of sleep. There are ways you can fight against the issues that come with daylight savings time. Developing a regular sleep plan is important every day but sticking to it the weeks before and after daylight savings time can be very beneficial. It is recommended that you try to go to bed 10-15 minutes earlier each night in the weeks leading up to the time change. Perhaps setting your alarm to wake you up 10 or 15 minutes earlier might also help. resting or even taking a cat nap can also benefit your body. If you are on any medications please continue taking them as you adjust to the difference in time. Knowing to expect changes is half the battle and understanding what is happening and preparing for them, helps a lot. Perhaps one day daylight savings time will be abolished but for now, we must deal with it and roll with the punches Most digital clocks on computers and cell phones set themselves but you might have to manually change the time in your vehicle or on an old-fashioned clock.

Sources

  • The impact of daylight savings time on sleep and related behaviors. August 2013.
  • A Chronological Evaluation of the Acute Effects of Daylight Saving Time
  • Daylight Savins Time Contradicts Our Body's Natural Clock here's How to Recover.October 28, 2020.
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Cheryl E Preston

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