How Daylight Saving Time Affects Your Sleep and Overall Health

Written by
Jason Smith RPSGT
Published on
March 11, 2022 2:14:08 PM PST March 11, 2022 2:14:08 PM PSTth, March 11, 2022 2:14:08 PM PST

Daylight saving time throws off your internal clock as you turn your clock ahead one hour. Are you one of those people who can't deal with sleep and overall health when this happens?

Thanks to daylight saving time, sleep loss affects your sleep patterns, puts you at higher risk for a heart attack, and can cause weight gain. Getting these things under control can help get your life back on track!

Here's how daylight saving time can affect your sleep and overall health.

Your Internal Clock and Sleep

After setting your clock ahead for one hour, it takes several days to fix your internal clock. 

Your circadian rhythm needs to adjust, which affects mental and biological changes over 24 hours. Getting a set amount of sleep each night at around the same time can help you reset your internal clock. You'll wake up refreshed and feel better when your circadian rhythm adjusts!

When you have a good night's sleep, your mood is also better. You won't become irritated, angry, or even tired throughout the day.

Those affected most by daylight saving time already don't get enough sleep. People who work overnight, early morning or late shifts, or find naps helpful will notice their sleep cycle affected the most.

Heart Attack and Stroke

Some studies suggest when you set your clock ahead an hour, it can put you at increased risk for heart attack and stroke. 

A lack of sleep disrupts the internal clock and sleep cycle. Essentially, it stresses our bodies because you force them into a new routine. When you get less sleep, it stresses out your body. 

If you already have an existing problem with getting enough sleep and your sleep cycle thanks to sleep apnea, you'll need a new machine to help. 

Weight Gain

A lack of sleep can also cause you to gain weight.

When you don't get enough sleep, you become tired throughout the day. You feel sluggish, and you certainly don't feel like exercising. Moderate exercise several times a week can help you keep your weight down. 

A lazy day also means making bad eating choices. You become accustomed to fast food, quick meals, and unhealthy processed foods. When you don't eat right, you gain weight!

Weight gain also means increased risk for stroke, heart attack, and diabetes. When you carry extra weight, it's terrible for your knees, hips, and back. 

Threats to Your Internal Clock and Daylight Saving Time

Daylight saving time affects your internal clock mainly by disrupting your sleep patterns putting you at increased risk for heart attack and stroke. It also causes you to gain weight. 

And if you have a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea, you're at greater risk.

Contact us today to help you get the machines and equipment you need to get the best sleep possible! Don't continue to put your health at risk!