It’s time to move your clocks back an hour…

And enjoy a possible health benefit from the shift back to Standard Time.  On Sunday, November 6, 2011, we get an “extra” hour when we turn our clocks back.  A 2008 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that the best way to use that extra time is getting extra sleep on Sunday night. 

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Review of data collected over a nearly 20-year period show that heart attacks are more likely in the week following the transition TO Daylight Saving Time in the Spring, and less likely in the week following the transition FROM Daylight Saving Time in the Fall.  Experts theorize that the extra hour of sleep may have a “protective” benefit, given that most American adults are already sleep-deprived.  You can read more about the study here.