Going Back to the Future Can Effect Your Health!

Going Back to the Future Can Effect Your Health!




Daylight Savings and the Effect on Your Health


We all know the inevitable change of moving our clocks forward one hour is coming up on Sunday, March 11th. Many of us do not like what this means ... less sleep! As we all know, sleep is very important to our health. Studies show that people who continually get less than seven hours of sleep per night have increased health risks, such as obesity, heart disease, cancer, and depression, just to name a few. Studies also show that if you go into daylight saving time already sleep deprived your performance and emotional well-being can suffer. In a 2014 study at the University of California at Berkeley, researchers found that even a slight loss of sleep (40 minutes) can wreak havoc on our work productivity and relationships. One estimate says Daylight Savings Time costs the economy $433,982,548.00 due to decreased productivity. Traffic accidents and work related accidents also increase for up to a week after the clocks change.


Daylight Savings Time effects many of us. Here are five ways to help combat this change. 


1.     Eat dinner early and get your body ready for bed earlier.

2.     Avoid screen time on phones, iPads, TVs, etc. before bed.

3.     If you’re unlikely to go to bed early Saturday night, take a nap during the day to make sure your body is getting adequate rest.

4.     If your schedule allows, sleep in a little later on Sunday and then ease into the change.

5.     Keep hydrated and eat healthy to help decrease the effects that less sleep have on your body.