2. Increase your risk for heart attack
The Monday following spring’s Daylight Saving Time shift is associated with a 10% jump in heart attacks, per a study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The opposite rings true when you gain an hour in October. The risk falls by about 10%. You might not feel the influence of sleep deprivation until you wake earlier than normal during the first couple of weeks. “Every cell in the body has its own clock that allows it to anticipate when something is going to happen and prepare for it,” lead study author Martin Young, Ph.D., said in a press release. “When time moves forward, cell clocks are anticipating another hour to sleep that they won’t get, and the negative impact of the stress worsens; it has a much more detrimental effect on the body.” Plus, sleep deprivation is known to increase one’s risk for diabetes and heart disease.
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