It could trigger depression
Shutterstock A Danish study in the journal Epidemiology looking at 185,419 hospital contacts for depression between 1995 and 2012 found that after daylight saving time ends and evenings get darker, incidents of depression goes up. The uptick in depression lasts for about ten weeks after the evenings suddenly get darker. The researchers think the sudden change messes with circadian rhythms, and the suddenly darker evenings could trigger distress. Don’t miss these healthy ways to deal with the end of daylight saving time.
It could cause headaches
Shutterstock Some people who deal with cluster headaches report the pains increase when the clocks change in the spring and fall. The headaches could be connected to nerves in the brain that deal with the body’s internal clock, and researchers think the sudden change to circadian rhythm—bedtime doesn’t line up with the sunlight how it did 24 hours ago—could trigger the pain.