Here’s How To Cope : Shots – Health News Every cell in our bodies has a well-tuned timing mechanism. Daylight is a primary cue to reset the body’s clock each day. Scientists have documented that the shift to daylight saving time in the spring, when we lose an hour of sleep, is linked to an increased risk of heart attacks and traffic accidents. The results of a new study, which will be presented at an American Heart Association conference later this week, points to an increase in the number of patients admitted to the hospital for a atrial fibrillation, which is a type of irregular heartbeat, in the days following the spring time change. This finding is preliminary, but it adds to the evidence that daylight saving time transitions can have negative health consequences. These studies are a reminder of just how sensitive we are to time and rhythm. At this time of year, as the amount of daylight continues to decrease, it’s easy to fall into bad habits.
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