Sunday, 11 March 2018 21:03

Could daylight saving affect your health? Featured

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BANGOR - Pushing your clocks an hour forward could come with some negative health effects.

Mainers across the state lost an hour of sleep this morning with daylight saving time.

Doctors at Penobscot Community Health Care say there are many obvious health risks that come with the time change.

Many people lose 50 minutes of sleep for the first two or three nights after moving the clock forward.

Others may have symptoms of fatigue and mood effects.

Fatigued related accidents also increase after daylight saving and teenagers take longer to adapt to the changes in their sleep patterns.

Doctors also say there are some less obvious side effects that could be triggered.

"On the Monday after moving the clocks forward, the rate of heart attack increases by 25%, which most people aren't aware of," says Dr. Noah Nesin, MD, FAAFP, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Penobscot Community Health Care. "The rate of stroke increases by about 8%, so people who are very susceptible, that loss of sleep can be just the last straw on the camels back."

Some ways to prevent these adverse side effects include going to bed earlier, sleeping a little later and being patient and kind with one another in the days to come.

Those at high risk for heart attacks and strokes should also be sensitive to these possibilities.

On the contrary, falling back on daylight saving will see a 25% reduction in the rate of heart attacks.

Blake Lipton

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