Daylight Savings Linked to Increased Heart Attack

Monday, March 12, 2012 - 9:33pm

New Study Claims

It's daylight savings and hopefully you remembered to turn your clocks forward.

We may lose an hour of sleep but we gain an hour of sunshine in the sun city. But a recent study says daylight savings can be hazardous to your health. Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham say your chance for a heart attack goes up ten percent when we wind the clock ahead.

But local sleep Doctor Krystina Hartse finds no reason to believe that.

"With extreme sleep loss, an hour is not gonna do it, extreme sleep loss, can affect you physically it can affect your cardiovascular system, by that I mean your heart, your blood pressure, those sorts of things," said Hartse.

She does say though, losing that hour of sleep can take a toll.

"It can be a big deal, the problem with springing forward or falling back is that your body clocks have to reset, your temperature cycles, other things in your body have to reset,”said Hartse.

El Pasoans didn't seem like they'll be losing any sleep over the heart attack study.

"I woke up a little later than usual. I'm very much a fan of spring forward because I like more daylight," said Nathan Zeller.

"I love it.I like the sunshine.Makes me feel like I wanna be more productive, when the sun's out," said Angel Gonzalez.

Doctor Hartse says it should only take a week or so to adjust to the new time change.

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