Does Daylight Savings Time Reset on Sunday Cause Problems with Heart Health?

The following is a guest post by Joseph Hall.

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Does Daylight Savings Time Reset on Sunday Cause Problems with Heart Health?

Within days of the initiation of daylight savings time (DST), there is usually a spike in heart related illnesses and deaths. Studies reveal that the initiation of daylight savings time tends to be the worst period during the year for heart attack. The theory is that the loss of even one hour resulting from “spring forward” activity tends to stress the heart due to the loss of sleep. If a person is already sleep deprived, the extra hour of sleep loss can trigger heart malfunctions.

See “Daylight Saving Time 2012: 3 Possible Risks To Your Health,” (International Business Times, Amanda Remling)

“Sunday morning at 2:00 a.m. will begin Daylight Saving Time, stripping sleepers of an hour of precious and much-needed time. While many people feel inconvenienced by the loss of sleep, the effects of losing an hour can be much more extreme than just being grouchy. The dark side of the change is that Daylight Saving Time can lead to health risks.”

The article lists the three areas of concern include: sleep disruptions, increased car accidents, and heart events as possible outcomes from the onset of DST. To help compensate for these problems, use Sunday as a buffer day to increase rest time by at least 30 minutes each day and think through each routine to tune up memory and recall.

Another significant step is to ensure that your morning begins with a short walk, ten to fifteen minutes is good and a well-balanced breakfast. Breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day because it restocks the body of nutrients and fluids lost overnight.

Self-preparation appears to be the best approach to minimizing heart risk during this transition period. Plan to go to bed one-half hour earlier starting Saturday night. Sleep management is important to utilize throughout the year, but is especially important during the week following the commencement of daylight savings time. Sleep deprivation may lead to cardiac dysrhythmiaias, which may be fatal. Taking steps to establishing a seven to eight hour sleep pattern is essential to good health year round.

Watch Fox News video: “Daylight savings time hazardous to your health?”


Slow down your schedule this week, get additional rest and try a morning walking routine.

Submitted by: Joseph Hall