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Here’s What ‘Springing Forward’ Can Do to Your Body

It’s just a natural thing. In March, we gain additional day light by moving our clocks forward. But what does it do to your body?

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Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images

Some people see it a losing an hour, some people see it as gaining more daylight and the changing of the seasons. For some of us that wake before daylight, the early birds will notice, it’ll be a little bit darker when getting out of bed to start your day, but it also means you’ll have longer daylight in the evening. Here in North Dakota, especially here in the Bismarck-Mandan area, we’re so close to the time line, our daylight hours can last until close to 11 p.m. in the dead of summer. Bi the way, the time change line ends or begins where Morton County ends to the west. For some, they may experience being a bit more sluggish at work because of losing an hour of sleep.

According to, the time change can also impact your health. First, you may be a little more tired in the morning until your body adjusts. Strangely, there are more heart-attacks on the Monday following the time change.

On the upside, because of the extended daylight hours during this time, most people will burn more calories because of extra activity outside during the longer days. On the downside, if you suffer from allergies, this is a time of year when flowers and things start to bloom, so there is more pollen in the air, so you may experience some discomfort because of the things in the air that can effect your allergies.

Now is a good time to check your fire, smoke a C02 alarms.

By the way, the first day of spring is on March 20.



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