Is it only an hour, right? As we turn our clocks forward this Sunday March 13th , 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. 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. Studies have linked an increase in heart attacks by twenty-five percent the day after the clock’s turn. 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.
One hour can make a difference in our bodies so this weekend spring forward with a little extra care.