Health Issues Caused By Daylight Savings Time Change

Introduction:When there is a daylight savings time change each spring, there is a coveted extra hour of daylight to enjoy in the evening. Studies show that there are some health issues that can happen when our natural bio-rhythms get off because of this change. That extra hour of daylight may not be worth it.

  • 01

    Rhythm Patterns

    Daylight Savings time change can disturb something called a circadian rhythm. It is the 24 hour cycle that our bodies get used to. This cycle sets itself to the time the sun goes up in the morning and sets at night. When we mess with it, everything gets a little off causing some health issues. We do much better when we have consistent patterns.

  • 02

    Accident Prone

    A study in Canada in the 1990s found that there was an 8 percent increase in traffic accidents the day after the daylight savings time change started each year. Accidents decreased by the same amount in the Fall when the clocks changed back to standard time. When there is an abrupt alteration in patterns, we can start to feel sluggish, off balance and become more accident prone.

  • 03

    Heart Attacks

    In 2008, Swedish researchers discovered that heart attacks decreased by 5 percent the day after daylight savings time ended. That extra hour of sleep seemed to help the heart. On the other hand, the study showed some health issues dealing with the heart. Heart attacks increased by 6 percent within three days after the daylight savings time change in the spring.

  • 04

    Test Scores

    In the February issue of the Journal Of Neuroscience Psychology and Economics, there is a study about high school students and SAT scores in Indiana. It was found that there was a 16 point drop in their test scores when a daylight savings time change happened. Once again, it is believed that it is because of circadian rhythms being altered.

  • 05

    Sleep Deprivation

    It may not seem that the loss of one hour of sleep in the spring when the daylight savings time change begins is very much. Studies show that most of us are suffering from lack of sleep as it is. That one measly hour can have a negative effect on health issues dealing with our mood and immune system. When we do not get enough sleep, we can be prone to depression, anxiety and illness.







Comments

  • tracyann 4/9/2011 Flag This Comment

    Interesting list. H5!

  • snowfence 4/5/2011 Flag This Comment

    I don't mind falling back in the fall, but it sure is rough springing forward. H5

  • Tess1960 3/26/2011 Flag This Comment

    I can agree with all of these. I hate daylight savings time and my body does too.

  • ladym33 3/24/2011 Flag This Comment

    Very good list. I hate the time change when we lose an hour. My body still does not want to adjust. I still want to sleep more when it is time to get up every morning.

  • jseven 3/23/2011 Flag This Comment

    Wow, heart attacks is not good!

  • goodselfme 3/21/2011 Flag This Comment

    Great research on daylight savings and the clock changes in both spring and fall. I did not know there were health issues attached to these. I would like it if we could not keep doing that clock changing.

  • ListMaker 3/20/2011 Flag This Comment

    I always have a hard time adjusting to daylight savings time!

  • tamron 3/20/2011 Flag This Comment

    Here I am at 4am I would say my time clock is off. I have insomnia I have had insomnia on and off for about 5 years. Thank God I don't work I would never sleep! Your right daylight savings time puts me in a bad mood! Great article Ping Ya!

  • litetender 3/19/2011 Flag This Comment

    I'd never heard of any of these, but I believe them all. I don't like DST! H5!

  • clewand550 3/19/2011 Flag This Comment

    Thank you for this list.

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