It has been almost a month since Daylight Savings went into effect. Of course, we fall back in the fall, and spring ahead in the spring. But does that extra hour of sleep, one way or the other, prove beneficial or harmful?
Fall Back Benefits
Ah, who doesn’t enjoy the luxurious benefit of an extra hour of sleep? Unfortunately the added value of those 60 minutes only lasts for a day or two at the most. However, there are some benefits of consistently getting an extra hour of sleep a night. The results of a study in the Journal of Sleep Research demonstrated that people with hypertension can decrease their high blood pressure numbers by sleeping an hour more.
Spring Ahead Issues
If you suffer from a sleep problem, you tend to dread the blooming flowers that harken the arrival of spring. It means losing an hour of sleep that you can least afford to do without. Believe it or not, the loss of that one hour of sleep time affects more than getting the necessary Zzzzsss. Studies have demonstrated that heart attacks and vehicle accidents increase while at the same time, performance and productivity suffer simply due to the fact that many individuals have a hard time adapting to the change in time. Back in 2008, the Journal of the American Medical Association ran the results of a study that analyzed the effect the difference an hour less sleep a night made among the test subjects. For those participants who had an hour less sleep than their counterparts, researchers learned that there was a 33% increase chance for them to develop calcified arteries. In the same year, a different study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, which specifically investigated the effect daylight savings time had on cardiovascular incidents, i.e. rate of heart attacks. Results demonstrated that people suffering heart attacks increased when the clocks were set ahead in the spring and decreased when people gained an hour of sleep in the fall. In a productivity analysis study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, the group discovered that the Daylight Savings loss of an hour resulted in an increase in study participants surfing the Internet.
The data doesn’t lie. Try sleeping another hour on a regular basis and reap the benefits. If you would like to find out more, please contact one of our medical concierges today at 1-855-863-4537 to schedule a free consultation.