This Sunday (March 12th) at 2:03 am we will be losing an hour due to Daylight Savings Time. Yes, that means warm weather is around the corner, the sun will stay out longer but not everything is peachy when it comes to how your body reacts.
According to the Huffington Post, a large 2014 study shows three keys symptoms that people have experienced when it comes to turning back the clock.
It’s associated with higher rates of heart attacks.
A large 2014 study found that the Monday following the spring DST adjustment was associated with a 25 percent jump in heart attacks compared with other Mondays during the year. This may mean that those who are vulnerable to cardiac issues may experience a greater risk for heart trouble following the time change.
It might be harder on your body clock.
Research shows that people’s circadian rhythms never fully adjust to springing forward. This is specifically true for night owls, since they’re already more prone to sleep deprivation. This means we may be more irritable and sluggish than usual following the time change since we’re lacking rest. So fun!
The sleep loss can lead to lifestyle consequences.
Research shows that the grogginess we experience following the time change may lead to an increased risk of car accidents, and a 2016 study also found DST prompts harsher legal sentences from judges compared to sentences awarded on other days of the year. This likely can be attributed to sleep loss as well, not to mention the other risks of getting fewer Zs, like a compromised immune system and lower productivity.
Is any of these symptoms apply to you, go here for more helpful tips to get your sleep and stay healthy.