Is it only an hour, right? As we turn our clocks forward this Sunday March 14th , we may gain more daylight, but that one-hour time loss can shake our bodies up just enough to create some adverse side effects. So as you spring forward, here are few things to keep an eye on.
- Distracted Driving. There are more car accidents the Monday after DST starts, most likely due to decreased alertness, slower reaction time, and darker morning commutes.
- Heart Scares. A 2014 study found a spike in heart attacks by twenty-five percent the day after the clock’s turn. Be extra mindful of 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—just saying.
One hour can make a difference, so spring forward with a little extra care.