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Expert says daylight savings switch may affect some people's health

March 9, 2014 at 1:04 PM

LOS ANGELES, March 9 (UPI) -- Switching to Daylight Saving Time Sunday across the United States may have ill effects on some people, including cardiac trouble, a UCLA sleep expert says.

Dr. Alon Avidan, director of the UCLA Sleep Disorders Center, has expressed concern altering a person's sleep schedule can cause greater risk of car accidents or cardiac problems, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.

"Significant sleepiness can have health consequences," Avidan said. "Anytime there's a loss of sleep, or a sudden shift in the circadian clock, the health implication is quite significant."

Avidan offered 13 tips for a smoother transition to daylight time, which went into effect Sunday, including getting immediate sun exposure and allowing extra time for appointments Sunday and Monday.

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