This year, Sunday, March 11 marks the dreaded day where we all lose an hour of sleep, thanks to Daylight Saving Time. In an instant, 2:00 a.m. becomes 3:00 a.m., and we all get to wake up a little groggier, crankier, and with higher chance of having a heart attack! According to Martin Young, Ph.D., an associate professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, springing forward is associated with a 10 percent increase in the risk of having a heart attack.
Don’t worry too much, though - there may be ways to help your body avoid or cope with the sudden change in schedule. Young suggests simple things such as waking up a bit earlier in the days leading up to the time change, having a nice breakfast, or going outside early to bask in the morning sun.
As nice as a filling breakfast and brisk morning walk along the lake sounds, I can’t wait until it’s time to fall back again and we get that wonderful extra hour of sleep!
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