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March 9, 2011

Time change raises heart attack risk


Daylight Saving Time resumes next Sunday morning. We’ll all lose an hour’s sleep, but it could be worse. Scientists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham say the time shift comes with a 10 percent increase in the risk of having a heart attack Monday or Tuesday. Blame lost sleep, and jolts to your “inner clock” and immune system.

They recommend waking 30 minutes earlier Saturday and Sunday than you must Monday to Friday; a good breakfast, sunshine and exercise.


Posted by Frank Roylance at 12:01 AM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Phenomena


I've read or heard that some countries have abolished fall and spring time changes, citing various health reasons. I wish we would abolish them, too! I don't follow the logic behind them.

I wish we'd go back to making the change about a month later, when the shift in the early morning light isn't quite so obvious. I'm just getting used to being able to wake up with the light, and now we're going back to the dark ages. Groan!

FR: Sunrise in Baltimore on Saturday is at 6:23 a.m. Standard Time, which will shift to 7:21 a.m. Daylight Time on Sunday. We won't see sunrise at 6:21 a.m. (EDT) again until April 21. Sorry.

Barbara, hear, hear! That's my beef with the earlier time change as well. And just when I was starting to be able to wake up without my alarm clock!

Before I retired, if I woke up in mid-March to sunrise on a weekday, it was because I was either sick or late for work. That 6:30 AM train out of Penn Station wouldn't wait for me if I were running late.

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