Coping with the Effects of Daylight Saving Time

Yesterday, March 8, 2020, the clocks "sprang forward" an hour signaling the start of Daylight Saving Time. This small time shift is an annoyance for many, but could also have an effect on one's health. Huron County Public Health (HCPH) is offering some tips to help make adjusting to the time change a little easier.

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.

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 after the time change.

  • 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.

Also be sure to remember, that when it is time to change the clocks, it is also time to check your batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors. Checking your batteries at least twice a year can help ensure yours and your family's safety.

Following these tips can help make “springing forward” as easy as possible.


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