Daylight Saving May Have Negative Impact on Health


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SHENANDOAH VALLEY, Va. (WHSV) -- On Sunday, people will have to turn their clocks ahead one hour, for Daylight Saving Time, but anew study shows that the time shift can be bad for your health, and lead to an increase in heart attacks and car accidents.

Dr. William F. Cale works in the Center for Sleep Medicine and said generally more heart attacks and car accidents happen in the morning.

Daylight Saving adds to the stress, by springing ahead an hour.

The Virginia Department of Transportation said in the Shenandoah Valley, from 2009 to 2012, there was an increase of 17 accidents from February to March, related to driver fatigue.

Darren Appanah, a local student said, "I'm a college student so sometimes I'll only get a couple hours of sleep and I never really thought that could affect my health at all. I never thought it could increase my chance of getting a heart attack."

Cale said to try to keep your sleep schedule regular, try to wake up a little earlier over the weekend to help your body adjust.

Also when you change your clocks this weekend, make sure you change the battery in your fire alarm.

Local fire departments said this doubles your chances of your family getting out of a house fire.


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