Study suggest Daylight Saving Time hazardous to your health - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/6/09

Study suggest Daylight Saving Time hazardous to your health

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Saturday night we will turn the clocks forward one hour for Daylight Savings Time, which means we will also lose an hour of sleep. In a Swedish study of thousands of people, it shows that the time change could have a profound effect on the human body. 

They found that in the two weeks after the clocks skip an hour ahead, heart attacks increase by about 5%.  Likewise, in the two weeks after the autumn change backwards, when people get an extra hour of sleep, heart attacks drop by 5%. 

Dr. Charles Cziezler, says, "We are already at the edge. We've pushed ourselves to the limit.  And now with each additional hour loss of sleep, the impact on our cardiovascular system is even greater." 

Other studies have shown that car accidents also increase in the days following the time change in the Spring.  Dr. Cziezler says the best thing to do is when you set your clocks forward this weekend is to make time to go to bed earlier Saturday night- because your health and safety could depend on it.

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