By Katie Kerns
You've got good reason to dread turning your clocks ahead this weekend, and it's not just because you'll wake up a littler groggier.
Research shows that losing an hour of sleep during the spring Daylight Saving Time change (time skips ahead one hour at 2 AM this Sunday, March 13) is a bigger deal than you might think. A 2008 New England Journal of Medicine study found that the incidence of heart attacks significantly increased in the three workdays following the switch. (Conversely, heart attack rates dipped in the fall when we gained an hour of sleep). According to the researchers, disruption in the body's circadian rhythm may have taken a toll on heart health.
Further, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) warns that drowsy driving leads to nearly 17 percent of fatal crashes and 25 percent of car-accident-related deaths occur in low-light environments. If you've gotten used to a sunny morningRead More »from Your Daylight Saving Sleep-Loss Survival Guide