According to a new report posted on the LA Times Health Blog, daylight savings time (which starts on Sunday, March 14 at 2 a.m.) is not only a short-term hassle that can make you sleepy, it’s also dangerous! The blog post quotes scientists who have studied the physiological and psychological affects of the lost hour. They report the following:
So, what’s this all about? Not having access to the raw research, it’s hard to say, but logically, these sound like symptoms of sleep deprivation brought on by losing an hour of sleep when the clock “springs forward”. By preparing in advance, you can reduce the affects of this loss of sleep on your body and mind. To get a good start, check this article posted on SleepBetter yesterday: 5 Tips to Help Spring Forward and Stay Rested.