In the popular comedy movie “Office Space” one of the characters proclaims “Somebody’s got a case of the mondays” and now it turns out that a “case of the Mondays” could very well lead to your death.
A new study has found that the start of daylight savings time (which begins this Sunday March 11) has been associated with an increase in heart attacks on the following Monday and Tuesday when clocks are moved ahead in March. According to researchers there is a 10% increase in the risk of heart attacks on those days.
A professor studying the phenomenon also tells Science Daily:
“The opposite is true when falling back in October. This risk decreases by about 10%.”
The research appears to be backed up with some good reasoning. First people who are overweight tend not to get enough sleep as it is which in turn puts them at a higher risk of diabetes and heart disease. Because they are forced to wake up even earlier the stresses placed on their body can lead to heart attacks.
Researchers also claim that the “springing forward” can play tricks on a persons circadian clock which in turn can lead to added stress and ultimately a heart attack.
To combat these issues experts say we should go outside in the morning and take in some sunlight to help our circadium rhythm stay on track. Researchers also suggest eating a good balanced breakfast to help the body with stress and they recommend plenty of exercise in order to strengthen the heart.
As a final tip you can try waking up 30 minutes earlier on Saturday and Sunday to prepare your body for the shock of an early Monday morning wake up call.
Are you surprised to learn that a case of the Monday’s once a year really can be bad for your heart?
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