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Can the switch to Daylight Saving Time Affect our Health?
Sunday, March 8th marks the change to Daylight Savings Time, a sure sign that spring is right around the corner! It’s important to note that time changes can have negative effects on our health, especially for older adults.
- Sleep: The days following the clock change can lead to grogginess and loss of mental acuity, which could result in mistakes with medication management and lead to falls.
- Heart attack – According to a 2008 study published by researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, heart attack rates spike by about 5 % in the days after the March time change and drop in occurrence in the fall, when the clocks get turned back.
- Car crash – According to Canadian research, the Monday morning immediately following the ‘Spring Forward’ time change there are as many as 17% more fatal car crashes than normal. Researchers speculate that the phenomenon is due to an increase in sleepy drivers, and those running late for work.
The biggest problem that older adults have with daylight saving time is loss of sleep. A change in a senior’s natural biological rhythms may cause an increase in disorientation and erratic behavior according to Matthew Mingrone, M.D. of EOS Sleep California centers.
Tips for adjusting to daylight saving time:
- Adhere to a regular sleep pattern to help keep your internal cycle on track
- Stay away from sleep disrupters: caffeine, alcohol, over the counter sleep medications and naps, the days around a time change
- Get some sun – sunlight helps regulate your body’s natural rhythms.
- Exercise – walk, jog, bike or swim – in late afternoon or early evening – second best, take a hot bath. This will raise your body temperature and gradually lower it before bed time which helps to produce sleep -inducing melatonin.
Senior Services of Southwest Michigan is happy to announce the sponsors already in place for our 7th Annual Charity Golf Event.
- Breakfast: Kalamazoo Community Foundation,
We sincerely thank these Sponsors for partnering with us for our 2015 Charity Golf Event.
If you would like to sign up to golf or sponsor NOW, just click on ‘7th Annual Charity Golf Event’ at top or ‘Early Bird Registration’. You can also call Tonee at 382-0515 x162 or Kathleen x114 if you have any questions.
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