Daylight Saving Time can pose serious health risks

Published: Mar. 8, 2019 at 5:17 AM EST
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Daylight saving time is Sunday, and losing sleep after clocks "spring forward" an hour could be more than just an annoyance.

Although the idea of DST was conceived by Benjamin Franklin in 1784, it wasn't established in the United States or Europe until World War I. It has been repealed, reinstated and extended over the years and states can exempt themselves from participating. Hawaii and Arizona don't observe it. Michigan Representative Michele Hoitenga has introduced a

This small time shift can significantly raise the risk of health-related issues.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, many people are not getting enough sleep to begin with.

A 2016 study found that the overall rate for stroke was 8% higher in the two days after daylight saving time. Cancer victims were 25% more likely to have a stroke during that time, and people older than 65 were 20% more likely to have a stroke.

The Monday after the time shift is linked to an increase in car accidents, according to a Stanford University study.

Researchers at Vanderbilt University have some advice to help you get through daylight saving time.

For starters, go to bed 15-minutes earlier than normal Friday night, and Saturday night.

Don't try to make up for the lost sleep by taking a long nap Sunday, that can make it harder to wake up Monday.

And spend some time in the sun this weekend, even if it's cold.

Sunlight can help regulate your internal clock.