CareXpress Warns That Shifting Sleep Patterns Causes Problems
Our urgent care staff always hears people complaining about how daylight savings time makes them groggy, but did you also know that documented studies would suggest that shifting sleep patterns even by one hour can have negative impacts on your health?
The idea of daylight savings time was, according to history, introduced in the United States in 1918, repealed by most states, and then brought back again by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942. Today, it is still used as a means to allow people to take advantage of having more time outside, in the light, during spring and summer months. There’s no doubt that “springing forward” hurts more than “falling back” an hour, but that loss of one hour could make you feel more than just a little grumpy.
Our urgent care staff looked at a few studies regarding the matter.
In 2012, a study was conducted by the University of Alabama-Birmingham. The researchers found that the Monday and Tuesday following daylight savings time in the spring have been associated with a 10% increase in heart attacks.
Another study was conducted in Finland in 2016. The researchers found that the stroke rate increased by 8% within two days after daylight savings time began.
The research consisted of comparing stroke rates between more than 3,000 people who were hospitalized the week after daylight savings time began and stroke rates from more than 11,000 people who were hospitalized two weeks prior to or after the week of transition. Not only did the research indicate a higher number of strokes occurred after daylight savings time, but it also found that cancer patients were 25% more likely to have a stroke just after the time change.
The overall belief, by experts, is that these medical issues most likely happened as a result of people severely messing up their sleep patterns. To avoid complications it is suggested that you ease yourself into the new sleeping routine by gradually shifting over the next several days. Doing so is supposed to help reset your internal clock so that you won’t be at an increased risk for medical problems.
Our urgent care staff wishes you good luck and we hope that you get plenty of rest!
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