Is it only an hour, right? As we turn our clocks forward this Sunday March 12th , we may gain more daylight, but that one-hour time loss can shake our bodies up just enough to create some adverse side effects until they adjust. As you spring forward, here are few things to keep an eye on.
- Distracted Driving. A 2020 study showed a 6% increase in traffic accident risk the during the daylight savings time transition, most likely due to decreased alertness, slower reaction time, and darker morning commutes.
- Heart Scares. Daylight saving time takes a toll on your heart. One study found a 24 percent increase in heart attacks on the Monday after daylight saving time starts. Another found the risk of stroke is 8 percent higher on the two days following the time change. Be extra mindful of heart attack symptoms including dizziness, tightness in the shoulders, and shortness of breath.
- The Munchies. When our bodies are tired, there is a spike in the hunger hormone, Ghrelin. This can cause more munching throughout the day on sugary carb-laden snacks to find energy. Turn to lean protein, whole grains, and keep hydrated instead to keep you energized as your body adjusts to the change in time.
This Spring time change means the colder, darker days will soon make way for the warmer weather and longer days so give your body a little time to adjust then go enjoy the extra daylight.