Daylight savings time could have dangerous health affects

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by WHAS11

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Posted on March 12, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 12 at 5:45 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Loosing that extra hour of sleep over the weekend may still affect you even after Daylight Savings Time.

You could feel sluggish, sleepy and even have less concentration.

Daylight savings time began Sunday, that meant loosing an extra hour of sleep. But now doctors are warning that "springing forward" might be bad for your health.

Dr. David Heistand with the University of Louisville said it can lead to dangerous health concerns.

"We know we all sleep too little to begin with. With the recommended being 7-8 hours , then when you loose that extra hour of sleep , you add even more consequences to an already sleep deprived person," Heistand said.

"The consequences of sleep deprivation include things like high blood pressure , cardiovascular events, heart attacks and strokes," he said.

So getting back on track is very important, by avoiding caffiene, alcohol and watching television right up until the time you go to bed.

Doctors say it could take one to two days to get those sleep patterns back on track.

A professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham says the Monday and Tuesday after changing the clocks is associated with a 10 percent increase in heart attacks.

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