4 ways Daylight Saving Time is really bad for our bodies
Posted on 14 March 2017
Spring is a season that comes along with a lot of changes, many of them which we love and cherish. Daylight savings is one of those changes our bodies doesn’t particularly like, though, since it costs us a full hour of our precious sleep (which we don’t get enough of already). On March 13 at 2 a.m. our clocks went forward an hour, and although we might think of it as nothing more than a nuisance, the truth is daylight saving time can affect our health in negative ways. It turns out that whole hour of sleep has a bigger effect on our bodies than we might think.
Here are four ways daylight saving time is bad for our bodies and health.
1. Your sleep cycle gets completely thrown off
You might find that you have trouble waking up or going to sleep at a normal time since daylight savings, because your circadian rhythm is still going by its own schedule. As a result, you might feel exhausted throughout the day and thus less productive at work than usual. A study in 2007 published in Current Biology found that many people never really adjust to daylight saving time at all, leaving them sleep deprived for a very long time.
2. You might be more prone to having a heart attack
3. You’re more likely to get into accidents or harm yourself
4. You’re at a higher risk for depression or suicide
If you feel like your health is significantly suffering since daylight saving time kicked in, don’t be shy. Call up your doctor and explain to them what you’re experiencing, because you can prevent these things from happening if you keep an eye on your overall health.