WVXU: 'Springing' forward means more daylight but also more health problems and less sleep

UC expert says the time change is not good for our health

A Congressional committee heard testimony recently on the pros and cons of switching between standard and daylight saving time. Many people say they like having the extra hour of daylight, but sleep professionals say it's a bad idea.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is continuing the push to abolish daylight saving time. Research shows most people get an hour less sleep on daylight saving time. That has a host of health and safety implications.

In a story posted by WVXU, Ann Romaker, MD, of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and director of the Sleep Medicine Center at UC Medical Center, said the time change creates the potential for a variety of health problems.

Ann Romaker, MD, of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

Ann Romaker, MD, of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine/Photo/Colleen Kelley/UC Creative + Brand

She says while you may look forward to an extra hour of daylight, it's not good for our health.
"We're already a sleep-deprived civilization and with less sleep there's more hypertension, there's more coronary disease, more motor vehicle accidents, etc.," she says.

She's says people should be extra careful when driving.

"We should probably slow down a little bit because we and other drivers on the road are somewhat sleep deprived so we're not going to stop as well," she says. "In addition to what we can do to mitigate sleep problems we also should slow down and watch out for each other and be a little more patient and try to mitigate road rage."

Romaker says getting up an hour early on Sunday so you're ready to go to bed at what would be your normal time, may help ease the transition.

See the full story here

Romaker was also interviewed for a story posted by Local12 about move in Congress to make daylight saving time permanent. See that coverage here

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