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Study Shows Daylight Saving Time Change Increases Your Risk for Heart Attack

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  • New findings supports the results of previous studies that the change to Daylight Saving Time may be hazardous to your health; specifically, losing an hour of sleep may increase your risk for a heart attack the next day
  • The reason for the increased cardiac risk may relate to the effects of sleep deprivation, which throw off your body’s diurnal rhythms and compromise your immune function, interfering with your body’s ability to respond to stress, raising your blood pressure and elevating C-reactive protein
  • Suggestions are given for mitigating the adverse effects of the time change, including getting up 30 minutes earlier and making certain alterations to your exercise routine on the weekend of the time change

By Dr. Mercola

A number of studies indicate that springing ahead to Daylight Saving Time (DST) may be hazardous to your health. Although the one-hour time change may seem minor, when it comes to your body's internal clock, it actually is a big deal.

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