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Health Concerns With Daylight Saving Time

Updated: Tuesday, March 11 2014, 08:15 AM CDT

Daylight Saving Time may have been on Sunday, but still days later many of us are getting used to losing an hour of sleep. Doctors say our body has an internal clock that regulates our 24 hour sleep-wake cycle and it can be disturbed fairly easily.

Beyond losing an hour of sleep, there are some serious health concerns to keep in mind. Studies have shown there have been more workplace accidents, driving accidents and heart attacked following the time change.

Doctors say if you stray too far from your natural sleep pattern it can throw your body out of whack increasing the risk for obesity, sleep disorders, diabetes and mental health issues.

Currently in Utah there's a bill scheduled to be addressed in the legislature Tuesday to do away with Daylight Saving Time. The bill asks for a public hearing and a year to study the effects on the body. In the past similar bills seeking to eliminate the time change have failed.

Experts say your body should adjust within days of Daylight Saving Time and to look on the positive side, spring forward is a sign warmer weather is coming.

Health Concerns With Daylight Saving Time


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