The effects of daylight saving time on your body

The effects of daylight saving time on your body

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - It's just about time to turn our clocks back an hour for the end of daylight saving time.

While this is a good thing for most people, Dr. Anthony Costrini says the extra hour can cause some people to not sleep as well.

"For most people it's not an issue.  For some people it's a significant problem and it can last three or four days with the sensation or equivalent of jet lag," said Dr. Costrini, Director of Costrini Sleep Services.

Yes, even gaining one hour of sleep can be enough to throw you off.

"A sense of poor quality sleep, a sense of non-refreshing sleep, a sense of daytime sleepiness, and not quite having the vim and vigor that one usually would," Dr. Costrini said.

Dr. Costrini says this happens mostly to people who have poor sleep to start with. Seeing how most Americans are sleep deprived, a lot of folks may be at risk for feeling the effects.

However, there is something you can do about it, and it starts now.

"For several days before the time shift, to just go to be 15 or 30 minutes later so that by the time the actual time shift occurs you're actually in sync with the new time frame," said Dr. Costrini.

If you can't gradually change your sleep leading up to the time change, Dr. Costrini says it's best to not try to stay up an hour later Saturday night just go to bed at your normal time.

Daylight saving time officially ends Sunday at 2 a.m.

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