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Daylight Savings Time & Your Health

While 60% of countries across the world follow standard time all year, most of the U.S. shifts between standard and daylight saving time (DST) each year. However, many people are questioning the impact that changing clocks has on health.

"There has always been a debate in regards to daylight saving time," says Phyllis C. Zee, MD, PhD, sleep medicine specialist and chief of Sleep Medicine in the Department of Neurology at Northwestern Medicine. "The science has evolved over the last decade to show the transition between standard time and DST is associated with adverse health consequences. The big question on the table right now is, should it be permanent standard time or permanent DST?"

Dr. Zee shares why she is in favor of getting rid of the time change and moving to year-round standard time.

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