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Daylight Saving Time: Fact or Fiction?

6:29 PM, Mar 9, 2012   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC - Twice a year, every year, our calendar springs ahead one hour or falls back one hour, and as we look forward to springing ahead on Sunday, there are many facts about daylight saving time that would catch most people by surprise.

The idea originated with Benjamin Franklin and is now implemented by every U.S. state except Arizona and Hawaii.

With daylight saving time comes a loss of an hour of sleep, and with this loss of an hour, Dr. Clint Young told News 2 it is a myth that you can catch up on sleep.

Dr. Young said, "We don't store sleep in the way that we might make up for thirst by drinking extra water or something like that. Everybody sleeps a little extra when they can and cuts it short a little when they have to."

To prepare, Dr. Young advises to set your clocks ahead an hour two days before, to allow your body to adjust before Monday.

One rumor is that daylight saving time helps conserve energy due to longer daylight hours. However, this has proven wrong in recent years as people use more air conditioning in the afternoon hours.

Another rumor is that daylight saving time can increase the risk of a heart attack, which has been shown to be true, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

As a result of one hour less of sleep, the risk of a heart attack increases.

All the more reason to go to bed a little earlier Sunday night.

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