Great article from our partner, United Benefit Advisors (UBA).

I’ve never had the DTs, but twice a year I do get the DSTs. DST, otherwise known as daylight saving time (not savings), is observed by nearly every state in the U.S. except Hawaii and Arizona (except the Navajo Nation). It’s also observed by about 70 percent of countries according to an article titled “Who’s turning the clocks back (or springing forward) with you?” on the website

Whether you love it or hate it, daylight saving time may actually be detrimental to your health. An article on CNN’s website titled, “Why daylight saving time can be bad for your health,” reveals a plethora of health-related issues associated with DST. A 2016 study found that DST affects people’s health in a negative way, and the worst is the risk of stroke. There’s an eight percent increase in the risk for stroke for two days following the DST changeover. If you have cancer or are over 65 years of age, the risk increases significantly to 25 percent and 20 percent, respectively.

It all has to do with our internal (circadian) clocks and how disrupting that biological clock can have serious consequences. It may seem like just an hour, but to our bodies, it’s a big deal and it takes a few days for everything to adjust.

There was another recent study that noticed a 10 percent increase in heart attacks around DST. People are also more prone to have car accidents, get injured on the job, and even have poor judgment, all associated with DST.

So, are we all just doomed to deal with the health issues associated with the observance of DST? Maybe, but one thing we can do is mitigate some of the sleep issues. According to the National Sleep Foundation, during DST we should try to maintain our normal sleep routine regardless of whether we gain or lose an hour.