Daylight Savings & Your Health

By: Nancy Gonzales

Do you get disrupted when it comes to the time shift when the sun rises and sets? Many people do because it messes with their body clock. The 1 hour time change can trigger underlying health issues. Have you notice that your mood changed since daylight savings began? There are a bunch of different health issues that you may experience.

 

  • Lack of Sleep

 

Setting your clock forward 1 hour in spring might mean losing 1 hour of sleep. Not getting enough hours of sleep could increase the risk of having a heart attack. Tired drivers increases the number of traffic accidents, and at the workplaces, there were reported many serious injuries. This is all because of the tiredness that people feel on the first few days having the one hour change. Daylight saving has also been linked to miscarriages for vitro fertilization patients.

 

  • Depression Trigger

 

Losing 1 hour of afternoon daylight can trigger mental illness, including bipolar disorder, and seasonal affective disorder, known as winter depression. An 11% increase of depression cases were caused after the seasonal time change. The sunlight has a powerful effect on our bodies, and when we don’t receive the whole amount that we need, our bodies react, and that is when you  began feeling depressed. The best time to receive sunlight is in the morning.

 

  • Transitional Feeling

 

People who don’t have clinical depression can experience milder feelings, fatigue and low mood throughout the colder months. More people reported that they were tired than on a normal day, and many others reported that they were happy and wonderful. This could be an effect of the longer evenings.

After reading this you might feel shocked, you might even be wondering what can you do to not feel the surprisingly changes. Here are some tips that may help you feel better:

  • You can set your alarm to wake up a little earlier. This makes it easier to get out of bed in the morning.
  • Eating a healthy breakfast first thing in the morning tells your body that the day has just begun.

 

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