How Does Losing an Hour Effect Us?
So we turned the clocks back an hour this weekend…yahoo an extra hour right?! More time on Sunday to enjoy the day…but what about getting to sleep Sunday night?
Let the darkness begin…You get up and it’s dark…you come out of work and it’s dark…ugh 🙁
You will no doubt feel the effect of that extra hour shortly….your internal clock will be out of sync.
Losing an hour of sleep can increase stress and there tends to be an increase in heart attacks during the first week of “Fall Back”.
The time change also has an effect on our sleep… it may be harder to go to bed “earlier” and you may be unable to fall asleep causing daytime drowsiness.
Daylight Savings Time effects our body’s internal clock or circadian rhythm which are physical, mental and behavioral changes that occur due changes in light and darkness. They are cycles that regulate when we wake and when we feel sleepy. Light contributes to how much melatonin our body produces. When it’s light out we produce less…when it’s dark we produce more causing drowsiness.
Did you ever notice how sluggish and lazy you feel on a dark, cloudy day?
It’s harder to get up and get going in the morning when it’s still dark outside 🙁
Keep your home well lit and cheery during this transition week to help you adapt to the time change 🙂