The Monday after Daylight Saving time goes into effect is widely regarded as unpleasant, but now studies show it could be deadly.
The Monday after Daylight Saving time goes into effect is widely regarded as unpleasant, but a new study it could be deadly.
According to recent research, there are 25 percent more heart attacks on that day than on a typical Monday.
That figure was determined after studying heart incidents on several dates throughout the year and over a period of 4 years.
Researchers also noted that the Tuesday after standard time resumes, and people get their hour of sleep back, heart attacks decline by 21 percent.
The exact reason why hasn’t been established, but the study’s author says it could be that the time change adds a layer of stress.
If a person is already dealing with the start of a new workweek and changes in the sleeping and waking cycle, losing an hour of sleep could compound their problems.
Also interesting is that for the week following the start of Daylight Saving, the totally number of heart attacks didn’t increase, rather they, like the clocks, moved forward.
Said the lead researcher, “It may mean that people who are already vulnerable to heart disease may be at greater risk right after sudden time changes."