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Be Your Own Sunshine Protection Act

After a bitter winter with record levels of snow in the parched environment of the

Rocky Mountains, the birds are chirping and the thaw of spring is here. The light

dawns earlier and the day is beginning to stretch. Most of America will lose an hour

of sleep to Daylight Savings Time (DST) with few plans in place to defray the


The Hazards of Daylight Savings Time

For at least ten years, science has documented the hazards of Daylight Savings time

(DST). The loss of a single hour of sleep can wreak havoc on the body for days, weeks,

and even months. More than 60% of the world’s countries have kicked the time

change to the curb for good reason. The states of Arizona and Hawaii do not observe

the twice per year shift either.

Night owls and teenagers suffer the most. Beside the feeling of jet-lag, statistics

compiled by Northwestern Medicine show DST throws off your circadian rhythm

and is linked to a concerning list of immediate and long-term health effects.

Serious health impacts during the week after DST include:

1. 24% higher risk of heart attacks

2. 6% spike in fatal car accidents

3. 8% increase in strokes

4. 11% spike in depressive episodes like seasonal depression

5. Increases in diseases of the digestive and immune system (3% increase in colitis

for females over 60)

Long term health effects include:

1. Depression

2. Slower metabolism

3. Weight gain

4. Cluster Headaches

There is hope that DST will be eradicated this year. The Sunshine Protection Act

2023 is a bipartisan effort to “lock the clock” and make March 12th, 2023 the last time

Americans have to adjust their clocks by season. Instituted in 1918 and a largely

useless attempt to save energy, it will take an act of congress to change. While the

history is fascinating, its impact on health makes this change a “no-brainer.”

Until our politicians can agree and decide to follow the wisdom of science, it is up to

you to be aware of the risks and take special care of your sleep in the following weeks.

Tips to avoid the hazards of Daylight Savings Time

In the Morning

1. Get outside first thing in the morning. Natural light preserves your circadian


2. Exercise. It will reset your internal clock and build your sleep drive (and boost



1. Keep a sleep routine of 7-10 hours each night, but start an hour earlier this


2. Avoid sleep disruptors: limit caffeine, alcohol, and screen time.

Invest in your sleep with intention this week, and avoid the hazards of Daylight

Savings Time. Invest in it regularly, and live longer by 13%!

Be your own Sunshine Protection Act.

Written By FitPros Wellbeing Speaker, Neeli Clute

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