American Heart Association highlights studies revealing an increase in heart and stroke incidents linked to daylight saving time
The conclusion of daylight-saving time, often referred to as the end of DST, involves resetting our clocks by one hour as we transition back to standard time in November. This adjustment aims to maximize the utility of available natural daylight during the colder months. This year, the daylight-saving time will conclude on Sunday, November 5. It’s noteworthy that numerous scientific studies have pointed to a spike in the prevalence of heart disease and stroke coinciding with this time transition.
According to the American Heart Association, scientific research supports the view that although we are all looking forward to that extra hour of sleep at the end of daylight-saving time, the upcoming time change may also negatively impact your heart and brain health.
Research indicates that this time change can impact our health. For example, according to one Finnish study, the risk of having a stroke goes up 8 percent during the first two days after the beginning of daylight-saving time. Additionally, a Swedish study, researchers found an average 6.7 percent greater risk of heart attack in the three days after the spring change.
Transitioning out of daylight-saving time in November may also affect your sleep patterns and overall well-being. Here are some tips to help you stay heart healthy during this time shift:
- Maintain a Consistent Sleep Schedule: Stick to a regular sleep routine, even on weekends. Going to bed and waking up at the same time each day helps regulate your body’s internal clock.
- Limit Caffeine and Alcohol: Reduce your intake of caffeine and alcohol, especially in the hours leading up to bedtime, as they can disrupt your sleep.
- Get Regular Exercise: Engage in regular physical activity, but try to finish exercising at least a few hours before bedtime to allow your body to wind down.
- Manage Stress: Practice stress-reduction techniques like mindfulness, meditation, or yoga to help relax your mind and body.
- Get Sunlight Exposure: Spend time outdoors during daylight hours, especially in the morning. Sunlight exposure helps regulate your body’s internal clock.
By following these tips and making gradual adjustments, you can make the transition out of daylight-saving time in November smoother and maintain your overall health and well-being.
Check out this video we created about sleep health with Dr. Wanda Abreu, a pediatrician from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital: