Why You're at More Risk for a Heart Attack on Monday
Daylight Savings Time start associated with increased risk
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2012 12:19 PM CST
The start of Daylight Savings Time is associated with an increased risk of heart attack.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Studies have shown that the start of daylight savings time, which begins Sunday, is associated with an increase in heart attacks. "The Monday and Tuesday after moving the clocks ahead one hour in March is associated with a 10% increase in the risk of having a heart attack," a professor tells Science Daily. "The opposite is true when falling back in October. This risk decreases by about 10%." He explains some of the reasons why:

  • Sleep deprivation: Those who don't get enough sleep tend to be overweight and are already more at risk for developing diabetes or heart disease, and on the Monday after the time change, many people are getting up earlier to go to work.
  • Circadian clock: Your body anticipates and prepares for expected events, so "springing forward" forces it to readjust its Circadian rhythms, which can cause stress.

How can you lessen your risk? He suggests the following to "reset" your internal clocks:

  • Wake up earlier on Saturday and Sunday: Shifting your normal wake-up time by 30 minutes will help prepare you for Monday.
  • Go outside: Experience the sunlight in the morning.
  • Eat: Make sure to have a good breakfast.
  • Exercise: Get in a morning workout, unless you have a heart condition.

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tvsgael2
Mar 9, 2015 10:20 AM CDT
I decided to do something different this year. I'm retired, so I don't have to get up in the morning for work. So what I did is, I didn't change the time on the clock I look at all day, or the clock in the bedroom next to my bed. In essence, I'm treating it as if it's different time zone, like the East Coast. I'm going to bed the same time and waking up the same time and during the day I"m enjoying watching people hustle and bustle an hour later than my inner clock. It's also great in the evening because when I go out for a stroll at my 10pm, it's actually 11pm for the rest of the world who is in bed. All this negative feedback about the changes are real cause for some serious contemplation. It's a mind game trick being played on people.
JackNelsonSteward
Mar 8, 2012 3:24 PM CST
'cause my fat ass has been holding down the TV chair all weekend and all I've done is reached for the Bud and the Slim Jims and now I gotta git up an' MOVE somethin'? No?
Moon
Mar 8, 2012 12:59 PM CST
If you have to die, Monday morning is probably the best time.