Daylight Dilemma: Time Change Has Serious Side Effects

CBS Denver

DENVER (CBS4) – A petition drive is now underway to keep Colorado on Mountain Saving Time year round.

The grassroots effort to stop the time changes comes amidst mounting evidence that “springing forward” and losing an hour of sleep can have serious side effects.

“We are a society that believes sleep is for slackers,” says Lisa Meltzer, a sleep psychologist at National Jewish Hospital. “But every hour counts, sleep is an essential pillar of health.”

Meltzer says when the clock jumps this Sunday, March 8, from 2 a.m. to 3 a.m., there will be consequences. “Losing an hour of sleep can be dangerous for all aspects of functioning.”

Meltzer points to studies which show an increase in heart attacks, a decrease in worker productivity and a decrease in student test scores in the days following the time change.

In some cases the effects can be deadly. New research out of…

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