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Avoid the health hazards of the switch to Daylight Saving Time

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BOZEMAN - Clocks around the nation sprung forward over the weekend for Daylight Saving Time and with this change come the benefits of a longer day.

"The advantages of having more daylight are that it gives us opportunities to exercise a little more. We can get a little more vitamin D exposure and we are not commuting in the day," said Bozeman Health Specialist Doctor James Osmanski.

However, these benefits come at a cost to the body. The University of Colorado in Denver reports that the number of heart attacks reported at hospitals increases by about 25 percent the week after American’s clocks spring forward.

“These changes where we actually just lose an hour of sleep and then in the fall when we gain an hour of sleep, those things can adversely affect our health,” said Osmanski.

It can take up to several weeks to adjust to the time change. Tips for making this adjustment easier are setting a specific bedtime, getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night and trying to stay off electronic devices before bed.

If you do have to use these devices, changing the screen to display to the night mode. The brain confuses the blue light displayed by phones, tablets and TV with sunlight, making it hard to fall asleep. By changing this light to a warmer yellow color it can help your eyes feel less strained.

If you do feel tired while operating heavy machinery or driving make sure to pull over to keep everyone on the roads safe.

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