Loyola Health: Daylight Savings can harm your health

It’s a sure sign of spring, but even Daylight Saving Time can be hazardous for your health, according to Loyola University Health System.

Don’t forget to set your clock one hour forward at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 13.

Here’s what Loyola has to say about the hazards of Daylight Saving Time:

On average, people go to work or school on the first Monday of Daylight Savings after sleeping 40 fewer minutes than normal. And recent studies have found there’s a higher risk of heart attacks and workplace injuries on the first Monday of Daylight Saving.

“Many people already are chronically sleep-deprived, and Daylight Saving Time can make them even more tired for a few days,” said Dr. Nidhi Undevia, medical director of the Sleep Program at Loyola University Health System.

 Undevia offers these tips for coping with Daylight Saving Time:

  • In the days before the time change, go to bed and wake up 10 or 15 minutes earlier each day.
  • Don’t nap on the Saturday before the time change.
  • To help reset your internal body clock, expose yourself to sunlight in the morning as early as you can.

Loyola offers a comprehensive and multidisciplinary program to help identify and treat sleep disorders. The sleep laboratory and sleep clinic diagnose and treat a full range of sleep disorders, including insomnia, sleep walking, obstructive sleep apnea, narcolepsy, circadian rhythm disorders, restless legs syndrome and periodic limb movement disorders.

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