Spring forward

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With daylight saving time rapidly approaching, it is important to consider how daylight saving time might affect your heart. A case study performed by The National Geographic reported the following:

“More than a billion people around the world observe the springtime ritual of setting their clocks ahead by one hour to switch to daylight saving time. The following day, heart attacks and strokes spike, subsiding as the week goes on. Researchers in the United States calculate that this one-night experiment in sleep deprivation increases heart attack risk by 24 percent. The danger is especially high for those already at risk for heart disease, who might want to take care when springing forward each March. In the autumn, by contrast, the extra hour of sleep reduces the risk by 21 percent.” (Sleep; Your Brain, Body, and A Better Night’s Rest, 2020)

If you are at risk for heart disease, and even if you are not, prepare now to gradually transition to daylight saving time. Intentionally begin going to bed 15 minutes earlier each night over several nights leading up to daylight saving. Your heart will thank you!

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