How The Ending Of Daylight Savings Time Affects Your Health

Daylight Savings Time will end on November 4, 2018 at 2 a.m. This means that time will be going back, and we will be getting an extra hour of sleep. It also means that the days will continue to get shorter, and the nights will get longer. This extra hour of sleep can affect your health in many ways.

Timothy Morgenthaler is the co-director of Mayo Clinic’s Sleep Medicine Clinic. He has reviewed several journals and examined the way that time going back or forward affects your health. Here are a few key things that you should know.


If you gain or lose an hour of sleep, then your sleep patterns will be thrown off. People who are sleep-deprived will be affected the most. Their performance at work or school may suffer as the result of this. However, people are more likely to be negatively impacted when time goes forward than when the times goes back.

Heart Attack and Stroke Risk

According to USA Today, studies have shown that the chance of having a heart attack increases by 25 percent when time goes forward. However, heart attack risk decreases by 21 percent when the time goes forward. Stroke risk increases by 8 percent when the time goes forwards or backwards. Researchers believe that interrupted sleep is one of the reasons that time changes can affect heart attack and stroke risk.


Time changes can also affect the risk of a car accident. However, large studies have shown that the ending of Daylight Savings Time really does not have an effect on car accident risk. Experts still caution people to be cautious when they are driving.

He stated that people have to be cautious when walking or driving near a road. Early in the morning and late at night are the most dangerous times to drive or walk.