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Health Effects of Daylight Saving Time

In case you hadn’t heard, next Sunday at 2 a.m. we will take the biannual time warp known as daylight saving time. This time we will be switching back to standard time, which means you’ll have one night with an extra hour of sleep followed by 6 months of earlier sunrises and earlier sunsets.

Over the years as scientists better understand the human body, it has been discovered that this change can have some negative effects. These come mainly from the reduced sunlight in the late afternoon, which has been implicated as a likely contributor to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This disorder affects approximately 1.6 billion people across the globe.

Here’s an article about the mental health effects of “falling back” that I think you’ll find interesting:

Click here- Is Daylight Saving Time to Blame For SAD

If you find yourself getting a little down after the time change, I encourage you to try and get outside early in the day to expose yourself to more light. We’ve got enough things trying to make us SAD already, so let’s not let a lack of sunlight be one of them!

God bless you!


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