Study says risk for heart attack increases on Monday after spring forward

But there are ways to prepare for that lost hour of sleep
March 16th, 2015

A recent study published in Open Heart Journal says heart attacks increase by 24 percent on the Monday after we “spring forward” for daylight saving time. Though experts don’t know the exact reason for the spike in heart attacks, they say losing that hour of sleep has something to do with it. “There are definitely some signs that chronic sleep deprivation increases the same sort of inflammatory parameters in your blood that can lead to heart attacks,” said Timothy Rummel, Medical Director at Memorial Hospital’s Sleep Disorder Center.

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