What does wasting an hour do to your body?

LANSING, Mich. (WILX) — Our clocks will be ticking forward on Sunday morning, and losing that hour can impact your health.

Jumping an hour ahead for Daylight Savings Time doesn’t just change the time.

“There’s also a change in your sleep and your circadian rhythm,” Dr. Caitlin Nicholson said. “Ultimately, it has an effect on your physical health as well as your mental health.”

In fact, a Michigan Medicine study found that hospitals were reporting a 24% spike in heart attack visits on Monday after an hour was lost for daylight saving time. Stroke rates were 8% higher the first two days after the time change.

Can you ease this spring transition for your health?

“You can actually start shifting the times you go to bed and the times you wake up by about 15 or 20 minutes a night,” Nicholson said.

Expose yourself to the sun in the morning as well. This helps your circadian rhythm more closely align with this shift in sleep. Plus, exercising at the right time can also prepare your body for the transition. It is best to train in the morning or early afternoon.

“I would avoid exercising right before bed because it can wake you up a bit during the time you want to sleep,” Nicholson said.

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