Daylight Saving Time Can Have Major Effects
Are you one of those people who are content with the "Spring ahead" and "Fall back" moves every year, or do you find that Daylight Saving Time messed with you more than it should.
If you're part of the latter group, you aren't alone. There is evidence that our bodies take far longer than our minds to get up-to-speed with our twice-yearly clock adjustments.
Most of us probably felt a little groggy this morning. We've "lost an hour of sleep" and had to struggle to remember how to reset the clocks on the stove and microwave, but if you fond yourself extra tired throughout the day or do so this coming week, you are far from alone.
Time changes impact different people in different ways. Our overall health, sleep habits, and lifestyle make that determination, but when we shift either way, our natural "circadian rhythm" is impacted, and our internal clocks can be at war with our day/night routines and habits.
Experts say that losing the hour when we "Spring ahead" is typically more difficult to adjust to than adding the hour back in during Fall. Sleep experts say that for most people it takes about one day for every hour adjusted (so if traveling across time zones, your ability to kick jet lag is dependent on how many zones are jumped).
It should not be a surprise if tomorrow and for a few days this week you notice a sense of concentration struggle, memory challenges, general fatigue, and off-and-on sleepiness.
You can find more on these challenges and potentially remedies at WebMD.