Yes, I thought that the study headline seemed odd as well…after all how would a man-made construct…the clock…lead to more heart attack deaths?
In a widely report on study from the New England Journal of Medicine, heart attack deaths and hospitalizations dropped 5 % the day after clocks “fell back”, ending daylight savings time.
Could the causative factor be, oh, I don’t know…an extra hour of sleep?
Americans are chronically sleep deprived, including Doc Shazam. THe problem is that we think that this is normal…it’s a badge of honor to be able to “function” on 4,5,6 hours of sleep per night. In reality, we only learn to tolerate the chronic fatigue associated with the lack of sleep.
What we don’t see is the toll this takes on our bodies on the inside…inflammation, arthritis, allergies, asthma, immune system problems, frequent colds, etc…
The very first thing I notice when I’m sleep deprived? My knees hurt. They ache all day and all night. Funny that they were fine all summer while I was working in Colorado, a regular schedule albiet 7am-7pm…my body was used to the schedule and I got 8 hours of sleep per night.
But now? I work till 1AM or 3AM, come home, wind down for several hours, get to bead at 4, 5, 6 AM, try to sleep while it’s light out, and get up aching everywhere. It’s not right, it’s not a natural schedule.
Just like those people in the study, my schedle is an artifiicial construct of modern society and modern medicine. Convenience care in the ER at 10pm..what? I’m losing sleep over some punk who wants a z pack for his cold?
The increase in heart attacks is not due to daylight savings time at all…it’s due to the artifically contrived workday requiring one to be in an office for a set duration of hours and at a certain time. I’m all for going back to a society where we go to bed when the sun goes down and get up when it rises, living in harmony with the circadian natural rhythms.