[It doesn't work for me. I just calculate that I have an extra hour to work and, therefore, get no more sleep]
Daylight saving time ends this weekend. The extra hour of sleep that results will have many hearts rejoicing, both figuratively, and, according to research, literally.
When clocks are set back an hour at 2 a.m. Sunday, not only will everyone in impacted time zones experience the closest thing to time travel humanity has ever achieved, many adults will be primed for tangible health benefits including a reduced risk of heart attack, according to research.
The potential reason? Most American don’t get the recommended amount of shut eye and “falling back” finally gives them a chance to catch up.
“Many adults in the U.S. don’t get the recommended amount of sleep, which is a minimum of seven hours. So if on this ‘fall-back weekend’ people get that extra hour of sleep and get themselves into that seven-hour range, it seems to be associated with a reduced (health) risk,” University of Colorado Boulder researcher Ken Wright said in a news release.
Roughly 5 percent fewer heart attacks are reported in America the Monday morning after the “fall-back” time change than on an average Monday, according to Wright’s research.
Wright, a professor of integrative physiology and director of CU’s Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory, said the inverse is true when daylight saving time begins in March.
The Monday after the “spring forward” time change is associated with health hazards including a 5 percent increase in heart attacks, 8 percent spike in stroke risk and 17 percent rise in the risk of being involved in a deadly highway crash, according to Wright.
So don’t forget to set back your clocks Saturday night/Sunday morning. Your vital organs may thank you. (Or maybe you’ll just get more sleep.)