The Harmful Effects Of Daylight Saving Time To The Body

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Mar 16, 2017 02:33 AM EDT

What does moving our clocks forward actually do to our bodies? (Photo : Joe Raedle / GettyImages)

Expert studied that adjusting your clock one hour forward, in accordance with daylight saving time (DST), precipitates an increased risk of stroke and heart attack. It would also prompt decreased worker efficiency and more vehicular accidents.

In addition, disturbed sleep pattern, even to young ones, has harmful effects, Reuters said.During summer months, people adjust their clocks by one hour forward so that daylight prolongs into the evening. This practice is called the daylight saving time. Nearly all of North America and Europe conform to this convention, whereas larger part of countries somewhere else do not.

Most Americans think that the idea of DST is pointless. It simply connotes a loss of an hour of sleep. Though it has been widely practiced since World War II, some experts begin to think its existence, especially that it is somewhat harmful to the body.

Basically, daylight saving time was introduced to people because it would promote lesser electricity consumption since they would not spend plenty of hours at home in the evening.In the United States, daylight saving time began on Sunday, March 12 at 2AM, making it 3 AM by the way. There'll be darker mornings and lighter evenings. It will run until fall, which also indicates the onset of winter, as explained by the Telegraph.

Meanwhile, in a report by Mail Online, a group of experts from Boston University Medical Center conducted a study about the effects of daylight saving time to female patients undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF). Increasing daylight can actually harm an individual's clock.

Results of the research show that the IVF patients are at risk of miscarriage if they are carrying a child during the spring or fall when time is adjusted. The said report was released in February. Many people, out of frustration, expressed their thoughts about daylight saving time, up to the point of completely abolishing it. In the U.S., the only states that do not conventionally follow daylight saving time are Arizona and Hawaii.

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