Daylight Savings Time Beneficial in More Ways Than One - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/30/08

Daylight Savings Time Beneficial in More Ways Than One

You may already appreciate daylight savings in the fall because you get an extra hour of sleep Sunday morning, but a bigger benefit may be that time change could lower your risk of a heart attack.  This is the weekend we are encouraged to turn back the clock from 2 a.m. to 1 a.m. this Sunday morning. 

Researchers in Sweden looked back 20-years of records of heart attacks and found that the number of heart attacks dipped on the Monday after the clocks were turned back, possibly because people needed an extra hour of restful sleep.  Likewise, they found the opposite effect in the spring when we lose an hour of sleep.  Researchers found the chance of a heart attack jumped dramatically the first three days after the clocks jumped forward in the spring.

So enjoy that extra hour of sleep this Sunday morning.  It is good for your health.

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