Every Spring the time change takes me by surprise. It is important to recognize the short-term risks involved in “losing” an hour of sleep in our already-sleep-deprived society. I thought the article below from the Consumer Reports Health Blog informational. I hope you do too. – Roxanne
Daylight saving time: Short-term health risks, long-term gains
The hour of sleep you will likely lose early Sunday morning might pose a few health risks, at least for a couple of days. But after that, the extra hour of sunlight in the afternoon could translate into better health—especially if you use that extra hour to get outside and move around.
If you’re like most Americans, you’re already slightly sleep deprived. And the extra hour lost over the weekend—when most people typically try to make up their sleep debt from the week before—can worsen the problem. That extra dose of sleep deprivation can not only make you feel grouchy for a few days, but it might also temporarily increase the risk of car crashes and even increase your risk of heart attack.
Click here for the rest of the story: Consumer Reports Health Blog: Daylight saving time: Short-term health risks, long-term gains.