The clock falls back, your health’s at risk
There’s growing evidence that turning the clock back in the spring raises the risks of health incidents and accidents.
Some of the evidence is pretty powerful:
- Risk of stroke is 8% higher for two days after you turn the clock back.
- Cancer patients are in even more danger. Their risk increases 25%.
- People over 65 are 20% more likely to have a stroke in the two days after the clock turns back.
- There’s a 10% increase in the number of heart attacks.
- Workplace injuries and vehicle accidents increase.
- Decision-making is impaired.
- Depression cases increase 11%.
Turning the clock back means less sleep for many people. Most people lose between 40 and 50 minutes of sleep. It may not seem like much but it’s enough to throw your circadian clock out of whack. Your circadian clock controls the release of some hormones that affect your mood, hunger levels and the desire to go to sleep. When this clock gets thrown off, even by just one hour, your body notices.
Sleep specialists recommend you plan to sleep in on Sunday morning and maybe even plan a short nap in the afternoon. Make sure you eat breakfast. That’s the best sign to your body that you’re awake and your day is beginning.
You can blame Benjamin Franklin for daylight saving time. He suggested it back in 1784 as a way to save on burning candles during dark morning and evening hours. It didn’t really take hold until 1966 however.
Are you already at risk of poor health? The wellness programs at Our Clinic may be able to help. An integrated team of healthcare professionals can develop an individualized program especially designed for you. For more information visit the website, book an appointment, or give us a call at 519-937-1881.