Daylight Savings Time – Why It’s Bad For Us
A recent study has shown that the practice of turning back our clocks to save the day may actually have adverse effects on our health.
The lost hour of sleep over the weekend may put our heart at risk come Monday.
“The Monday and Tuesday after moving the clocks ahead … is associated with a 10 percent increase in the risk of having a heart attack,” Martin Young, an associate professor in the cardiovascular disease division at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said in a university news release. “The opposite is true when falling back in October. This risk decreases by about 10 percent.”
The reason is our body’s internal clock (or Circadian rhythms) need time to readjust to new lifestyles and patterns. If thrown abruptly into new routines, it can offset the cellular balance.
Also, sleep deprivation has been known to increase the risk or diabetes, heart disease, inflammatory illness and more. Sleep is more important to our health than most people realize.
Here are a few tips to help your body adjust with the time change last night.
-Wake up 30 minutes earlier the days before the change to help your body adjust.
-Eat a healthy breakfast.
-Spend a little more time in the sun. The sun’s rays can he healing.