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Daylight Savings Time Creates Risks for Americans’ Health

November 04, 2020

USA- Daylight savings time may be a health risk for Americans, according to BUSINESSINSIDER.COM.

Although the shift is just one hour, studies are increasingly showing negative health impacts as a result of annual moves to push the clock back in the fall and forward in the spring. In the fall, we benefit from an hour of extra sleep. However, in the spring, we lose an hour leading to a reported 24 percent increase in heart attack hospital visits throughout the nation. 

Doctors state that the number of heart attack visits also drops by about 21 percent in the fall when we gain an extra hour of sleep. The loss of just one hour of sleep has serious implications for the human body. Interrupted sleep schedules create health risks that can prove damaging and even fatal. 

According to researchers, on average, individuals lose 40 minutes of sleep in the spring when we move the clocks forward. It can take weeks for our bodies to adjust to that change completely. Not only is there an increase in heart attacks, but there is also a rise in other health-related issues and injuries. In fact, about 30 people die every year in car crashes that occur following spring forward. Researchers suspect that those extra car crashes are the result of sleepy drivers. There is also an uptick in work-related injuries, strokes, and possibly even a higher rate of suicides.

When it started, daylight savings time was intended to save energy during the evening. Now, research indicates we are not saving any power as a result of the switch. Many countries do not engage in daylight savings time. In fact, fewer than half of nations move their clocks twice a year. 

States such as Arizona and Hawaii do not follow daylight savings time either. California and Florida have pending legislation that could end the practice of Daylight Savings Time in the near future. Another twelve states are now looking to potentially end daylight savings time as well, including Georgia, Arkansas, Delaware, Louisiana, Idaho, Maine, South Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington, Wyoming, and Utah. 

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