Daylight Saving Time Change Can Affect Your Health
I hate this time change. It takes weeks to get adjusted. Not only do I have to get my own sleep schedule in line, I have a bunch of animals to get back in sync. What a ridiculous thing to do to people. Let's just change the clock back and forth twice a year.
If you're tired because we moved the clocks ahead, just hope it's the only side-effect you have. Here are four ways the daylight saving time change can affect your health. Sorry, I know you are probably sick of hearing me complain about it but seriously, its a stupid thing we do just because we've done it in the past. Argh!
1. You're more likely to have a heart attack. A study in Michigan last year found that between 2010 and 2013, there were 25% more heart attacks on the first Monday after daylight savings meaning today.
And a study in Sweden found you're more likely to have a heart attack for the first three days after daylight savings starts.
2. Work-related injuries are more common. According to a 2009 study in the Journal of Applied Psychology, you're more likely to get hurt at work today. And it's also more likely to be a serious injury.
3. Suicide rates go up. A study in 2008 looked at 30 years of data, and found that suicide rates for men increase for the first few weeks after daylight savings starts. We assume it holds true for women too.
4. You'll probably eat more. Maybe not if you went to bed earlier than usual last night. But a recent study found that when people got an hour less of sleep, they ate an average of 200 more calories the next day.