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Daylight Savings – What Exactly Are We Doing to Our Bodies?

Daylight Savings MiamiThis Sunday at 2 A.M., Daylight Savings Time will end and our clocks will once again be set back one hour — but how will your health fare?

According to Oregon Health and Science University’s Dr. Alfred Lewy, research has shown that traffic accidents noticeably increase for a week following the Daylight Savings changes in both spring and fall.

In addition, Swedish researchers have discovered a link between heart attacks and the time change. Their findings show a lower rate of heart attacks in the days following “fall back” and a higher rate of heart attacks following “spring forward.” A co-author of this study, Rickard Ljung, MD, PhD, says that the higher rate of heart attacks on Mondays in general might not just be due to the stress of people returning to work, but also related to their natural sleep rhythms which have been disturbed. Since there were found to be less heart attacks on the Monday following clocks being set back an hour, it appears that one extra hour of sleep can be very beneficial for your health.

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