Your health and daylight saving


As you know by now, you lost an hour of sleep Saturday night, and according to studies, the one hour time change can trigger underlying health issues.

A 2016 study found that the overall rate for stroke was eight percent higher in the two days after Daylight Saving Time. Cancer victims were 25 percent more likely to have a stroke during that time, and people older than 65 were 20 percent more likely to have a stroke.

The Monday and Tuesday after Daylight Saving Time in the spring have also been associated with a 10 percent increase in heart attacks, according to a 2012 study at the University of Alabama Birmingham.

And for children, the time change can affect their sleep schedule. 22News spoke to one man in New Britain, Connecticut, who said it’s time for a change.

“I feel like when it was introduced it made a lot more sense but now it seems a little archaic,” said Luke Pawlak. “But we’ve been dealing with it our whole lives so it’s just one of those things that we’re kind of use to.” 

State Senator John Keenan crafted a bill that would keep Massachusetts on Atlantic Standard Time, which means no more “falling back” every November, and “springing forward” in March.

Hawaii and Arizona are the only states that do not move their clocks forward and back for Daylight Saving Time.

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