I never use an alarm clock (never have). I don’t seem to need much sleep, and I let my body wake me up whenever it wants to. Daylight savings means I start getting out of bed at about 5 instead of 4. And who doesn’t like more sunlight at the end of the day?

But not all is well: It turns out that Heart Attacks rise following daylight saving time. And, by the statistically significant amount — about 10%. (The opposite is true when falling back in October — they fall by 10 percent). Staying up late to finish off a disc of Californication when I wasn’t sleepy never helps either.

According to Science Daily, “Sleep deprivation, the body’s circadian clock and immune responses all can come into play when considering reasons that changing the time by an hour can be detrimental to someone’s health.”

This is really a long winded way of saying I am running late.

Be back shortly . . .


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10 Responses to “As Serious as Daylight Savings Time . . .”

  1. Herman Frank says:

    Long-winded, exhausted, frazzled, daylight saving time and Californication sleep deprived … “a 10% chance of a heart-attack”??! With that kind of start of the article we’re thinking “he’s writing this from his hospital bed!”

    Instead …. all of that intro to tell us that you’re not yet bright-eyed and bushy tailed busy with your comments on the world and markets?
    Man, you’re a better writer than those used for cliffhanger movies!

    Just take it easy! No rush, we’re enjoying the Java, the toast and the banter of Bloomberg. All is well when you’re well.
    Catch ya’later :-)

  2. MayorQuimby says:

    Let’s see the official TBP audiophile set-up.

  3. Chief Tomahawk says:

    At least there’s the positive(s) associated with spring to lessen the hour loss.

  4. VennData says:

    Careful of that long-windedness. Too much CO2 Also is bad for the planet…

    “..Representative Ed Orcutt (R – Kalama) does not think bicycling is environmentally friendly because the activity causes cyclists to have “an increased heart rate and respiration… “You would be giving off more CO2 if you are riding a bike than driving in a car,” he said. However, he said he had not “done any analysis” of the difference in CO2 from a person on a bike compared to the engine of a car…”


    Why do analysis?

  5. farragut says:

    It’s interesting to note the CDC data says roughly 120,000 Americans died of heart attacks in each of 2010 & 2011. The same data indicate approx 11,000 fatalities each of those same years from homicide by firearms (plus an additional ~20,000 annually from suicide by firearms). The data doesn’t say how many suffered but survived heart attacks or gun shot wounds, unfortunately. Please don’t infer any political agenda here; just thought the numbers might provide some food for thought.

  6. kurtwestphal says:

    city arts and lectures, (they don’t provide podcasts which is very unfortunate given how enlightening their content is), had dr matthew walker of berkeley sleep research in early march, amazing things to say about sleep and sleep deprivation, REM, levels of sleep,
    papers, http://walkerlab.berkeley.edu/papers.html
    CA&L calendar, http://www.cityarts.net/radio-broadcasts/
    oh good luck today..

  7. couragesd says:

    Haaaa!! I don’t use alarm clocks either and I woke up exactly an hour later. Had to skip my morning routine.

  8. SkepticalOx says:

    There’s a petition to eliminate DST: Eliminate Bi-Annual Time Change Caused by DST (WhiteHouse.gov)

  9. JohnT says:

    I canvassed our weekly “lunch cabal.” Most were in favor of ending time change. They didn’t care whether it is daylight or standard time that is kept, but the twice-annual change is not liked.

    We’re all geezers, and it is increasingly difficult for us to adjust to the time change.