Expert Alert

Health impacts of daylight saving time

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Dr. Akinbolaji Akingbola. Credit: Getty Images/University of Minnesota

Daylight saving time will officially end when people in the United States turn back their clocks at 2 a.m. on November 6, 2022. While many are looking forward to the extra hour of sleep, there are other health impacts to consider. 

University of Minnesota Medical School expert Akinbolaji Akingbola, MD, MS, speaks about how sleep health is impacted by “falling back.”

Akinbolaji Akingbola, MD, MS

“The change associated with switching to daylight saving time is very disruptive to the typical light/dark cycle of human activity and may lead to circadian misalignment. This misalignment is associated with both public safety harm in the short term and possible detrimental effects to our health in the long term, including increasing risk of metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease and possibly cancer.”

Akinbolaji Akingbola, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep

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Akinbolaji Akingbola, MD, MS, is an assistant professor of medicine within the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. His research interests include cardiopulmonary physiology and sleep-related breathing disorders, sleep and athletic performance and the intersection of sleep medicine and hospital medicine.


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