Daylight Savings and its Affect on Our Health

Every year, on the second Sunday in March, we move our clocks ahead an hour. It moves from 1:59am to 3:00am. We all know what this is called. It’s Daylight Savings Time. But many of us don’t know why it exists and don’t take caution as to the effect it has to our society at large.

First of all, Daylight Savings Time was established so that we as humans can be functioning during as much of the daylight as possible. This mostly affects the countries on both the Northern and Southern hemispheres that are located at equidistance between the corresponding pole and the equator. This is because our winters have more night and our summers have more sunlight and vice versa for the countries on the Southern hemisphere. It doesn’t affect the countries on the equator because they have approximately 12 hours of sunlight and 12 hours of night no matter what. And it doesn’t make an appreciable difference in the northern and southern most parts of the world, because their days and nights swing so dramatically that an hour would not make a difference.

But here is the really important thing that we should keep in mind about daylight savings time. Many of us don’t realize that every year during the first week of Daylight Savings Time, there is a spike in heart attacks. Why? Research states that as we spring forward, many of us face sleep deprivation which affects our heart health.

During the first week, as our bodies adjust to the time change, we can face issues with our sleeping patterns which can affect our concentration during the day. So what can we do to get through the first week? Research has shown that going for a brisk walk increases our serotonin which helps during this time. Taking a low dosage of melatonin supplements also helps to regulate your sleeping patterns. Keep healthy as you spring forward!