Time Changes May Affect Heart Attack Rates

We all like gaining an “extra” hour in the Fall, but there may actually be an added benefit for your heart.

A few years ago, Swedish researchers published a study in the New England Journal of Medicine saying the rate of heart attacks fell on the Monday following a “Fall back” time change and surged following a “Spring forward.”

The theory is that because we’re so sleep deprived, loosing an hour in the Spring places additional stress on the heart. And getting an additional hour of sleep helps to reduce that stress.

This is just one more reason why we should all make sure we get enough sleep.  This year, try preparing for the Spring forward (March 11, 2012) by going to bed a few minutes earlier each day for a week or so.  It just might help you reduce your risk of a heart attack.

If you’re having difficulty sleeping, take our sleep quiz to see if you might have a treatable condition.

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