Monday, March 14, 2011

Daylight Saving Time Bad for Your Health

“Most people don’t have much of a problem - they can adjust their body clock quickly. Eventually, after a couple of days, they already can adapt to the new schedule,” says Dr. Xiaoyong Yang, an assistant professor of comparative medicine and cellular and molecular physiology at Yale University, who points out that many people routinely recover from slight shifts in their sleep-wake cycles - after staying up late at night to go to party, for instance. “But for some groups of people - people who have depression or a heart problem - there’s some research that suggests that they have a higher risk of suicide and heart attack.” Even taking Daylight Saving Time out of the equation, however, some 50 to 70 million Americans aren’t getting enough sleep, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  More…

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