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Daylight Savings Time & Your Health - Increase of Heart Attacks

submitted on March 12, 2011 by midget in "Member's Lounge"

Daylight Savings Time and Hearth Attack Risks

Beyond sleep deprivation, a New England Journal of Medicine study in 2008 in Sweden found heart attack risks increase in the days right after the daylight saving time change. Imre Janszk, lead author, said, “The most likely explanation to our findings are disturbed sleep and disruption of biological rhythms.”

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    Posted by iggy27 on March 12, 2011
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    Good Information. Thanks
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    Posted by sandyshore on March 12, 2011
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    Ha, I'd like to talk to these people about coming up with some alternatives for adjusting your body clock. I work graveyard shift and sometimes day shifts. The few ideas they offer for helping to offset health risks could be improved by ideas of anyone who works odd schedules. Besides it only addresses part of the population who can use the sun as the guide for their schedule, it skips the groups of people who work odd hours.
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      Posted by HouTex on March 14, 2011 [reply] 0 0
      There's another article on the subject at that includes some more general tips. I hope these are helpful for shift workers.
      • Starting several days before the change, stick to this schedule: On the first day, get in bed 15 minutes earlier than your normal bedtime; on the second day, 30 minutes earlier than normal; and on the third day, try to get into bed 45 minutes earlier than your normal bedtime.

      • Stop drinking caffeine at 1:30 p.m. to help with the earlier bedtime.

      • Avoid alcohol during the weekend of the time change.

      • Keep up your exercise during the week for better sleep quality.
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    Posted by CouponNut on March 13, 2011
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    Interesting information. Although I had no trouble sleeping or getting up this morning, the affect of the daylight saving time will probably hit me tomorrow.

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