Daylight Savings Time May Be Bad for Health

300 dpi Fred Matamoros illustration of Dali-esque melting clock with fall leaves; can be used with stories about setting clocks back in the fall. (The Orange County Register/MCT)

Daylight savings time is on Sunday, March 13th. Losing an hour to ‘spring forward’ may affect more than just our sleep. This time shift of an hour can actually raise the risk of certain health issues. According to CNN, “A recent study found that the overall rate for stroke was 8% higher in the two days after daylight savings time. Cancer victims were 25% more likely to have a stroke during that time, and people older than 65 were 20% more likely to have a stroke”. So even though there is only a small change in the time, it effects a lot of us by taking about 40 minutes of sleep, when we most likely don’t have it to spare in the first place. “Human beings aren’t built for 25-hour days,” Christopher Barnes, an associate professor of management at the University of Washington said. “It throws people off because we’re working against our natural process”.

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My name is Rachel Reichelderfer. I am a senior here at BHS. I am a cheerleader and a swimmer! Go Wildcats!