How Can Daylight Saving Time Affect Your Health?

This Sunday, the clocks will spring forward an hour signaling the start of Daylight Saving Time for 2019. This small time shift is an annoyance for many, but could also have an effect on their health. Huron County Public Health (HCPH) is offering some tips to help make adjusting to the time change a little easier.

Research has suggested that Daylight Saving Time could cause an increase in heart attacks, stroke, and headaches, among other health issues. This is due to the disruption of the circadian rhythm (body’s internal clock) and the resulting loss of sleep that many will experience following the time change. To ease this transition HCPH has some suggestions for the public:

  • Do not drink caffeine for a few days before or after the time change.

  • Try to start going to bed earlier in the days leading up to Daylight Saving Time.

  • Turn off electronic devices before heading to bed. Bright screens can affect a person’s ability to fall asleep.

  • Eat a healthy breakfast in the morning. Food allows the body to know when it is time to start the day.

  • Get some sunlight. Sunlight can help reset the body’s circadian rhythm.

Some studies have shown a disruption in a person’s sleeping pattern for weeks after the time change has occurred. However, even if a person’s sleep is not greatly affected, it may still take 2-3 days before their body has completely adjusted. Following these tips can help make “springing forward” as easy as possible.


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