Daylight saving time will cost you more sleep

Clocks spring forward on Sunday for Daylight Saving Time and we lose an hour of sleep.

People that suffer from sleep deprivation may experience side effects to this time change.

Founder Sleep Disorder Center at Genesis since 1983, Dr. Akshay Mahadevia says he has seen plenty of progress since when he first started.

“Three decades ago, the field of sleep medicine was very narrow, and we didn’t know a lot about sleep disorders. Since then there’s been a tremendous awareness about sleep and health,” said Dr. Mahadevia.

He said our society’s hard-work ethic plays a huge factor in our sleep problems.

“We try to squeeze so many things on our plate in one day on our plate and we compromise our sleep.”

When it comes to turning our clocks ahead an hour this weekend, Dr. Mahadevia also said that, “people who are young and healthy, don’t even care when there’s a one hour change. But people who have sleep disorders will see a significant impact.”

Michelle Manternach also works at the Sleep Disorder Center and suffers from sleep apnea. She said it takes time for our bodies to adjust to a new sleep schedule.

“We are used to having our brains tell us when we should go to sleep and when we should wake up…it’s hard to retrain your brain to do something else,” said Manternach.

Manternach advised to start making the transition in increments, and going to bed 15 minutes earlier a few days ahead of time.

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