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The extra hour we gained early Sunday morning gave us more than just more time to sleep: it may have saved some lives.According to the Harvard Medical School (via Huffington Post), the rate of heart attacks drops on the Monday following the end of daylight savings time, while it increases on the Monday after we spring forward in March.
Sleep, or a lack thereof, is the estimated reason for these healthful, or harmful, side effects
And while various studies have show different results for the effects of DST on traffic accidents, no one can deny that we could use more sleep. Sleep deprivation affects more than 47 million adults in the U.S. alone.
Sleep deprivation is responsible for a number of fatal accidents and bodily injuries. Workplace accidents and suicides, along with heart attacks and car accidents, have all been shown to increase following the loss of an hour in spring.
Though it takes our bodies a while to adjust the sun rising earlier in November, it’s easier than the change we experience when we spring ahead. We may experience what feels like minor jet lag today.
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