Falling Back Won’t Necessarily Mean More Sleep

Don’t forget, United States Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend.  That means our clocks “fall back” an hour.  Here’s the question, though … will you get any additional sleep, despite having the extra hour?  According to an article in the Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader, it’s unlikely for many of us.  They quoted an expert from Vanderbilt University:

Dr. Beth Malow, the director of the Vanderbilt Sleep Disorders Center at Vanderbilt University, says Byrum isn’t alone.

While the time will change at 2 a.m. Sunday, our bodies need more, well, time to adjust, Malow said.

As for getting that extra hour of sleep when the clock “falls back” in autumn, she said while some may feel a benefit, many more won’t and the effects last long beyond Sunday morning.

“We’re trying to get the kids to bed and we see the clock and it says 9 o’clock, but it feels like 10, so we wait to go to bed,” Malow said. “We’re really tired the next day.”

To read the rest, click here, and don’t forget to set your clocks back!