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Daylight Saving Time can have negative health impacts

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The end of daylight saving is just days away. On Sunday November 3, 2019 clocks will be set back one hour at 2 a.m. The upcoming clock-change has some wondering whether or not the measure is necessary.

Director of Sleep Lab at Lourdes Hospital Doctor Shah said the current system has negative health impacts.

“When there’s less light it affects our mood,” Dr. Shah said. “The daylight is decreasing and vitamin D deficiencies are a very common problem here.”

Dr. Shah said it can also make sleeping disorders worse. That’s why he said he is in favor of eliminating the time changes.

However, most people say that they don’t mind changing their clocks in the fall but in the spring they don’t like it. Dr. Shah said that phenomena has a simple explanation.

“Generally falling asleep is not such a big problem because they have a longer day and they can fall asleep so that does not impact a lot in November,” Dr. Shah said. “But in the spring when you try to sleep early, it becomes more difficult.”

Dr. Shah recommends getting as much exposure to sunlight as possible during winter months by doing things like going for a walk outside during lunch.

Gabrielle Caracciolo

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