NEVADA – Recent studies have shown that Daylight Saving Time, which requires us to set our clocks forward an hour, can have a significant impact on our health. According to Dr. Shanaz Ahmad, a member of the Family Medicine Department at the University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine, any shift in our clock can affect us negatively. It can be difficult to fall asleep and wake up, and it can also affect our heart.
Dr. Ahmad notes that in the days following the springtime adjustment, there is a significant increase in heart attacks and strokes. Conversely, in the fall, when we gain an hour, there is a significant decrease in heart attacks and strokes.
The lack of sleep resulting from Daylight Saving Time can also have a cascade effect, leading to trouble sleeping, anxiety, and even depression. Concentration and decision-making can also be affected.
To prepare for Daylight Saving Time next year, Dr. Ahmad recommends adding 15 to 30 minutes to your sleep routine weeks before the change. Additionally, she suggests avoiding electronic use 30 minutes before bed, refraining from drinking caffeinated beverages at night, and getting plenty of exercises.
The negative impact of Daylight Saving Time extends beyond our internal clocks. Studies show that giving to local charities goes down by 10% in the spring in states that recognize Daylight Saving Time.
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