This Is Why You're Feeling So Gross After Daylight Savings
It's the first Monday of daylight saving time, and I'll admit that I hit the snooze button one too many times this morning. There's just something about losing that one hour of sleep that throws my body completely off-kilter—like jet lag without the bonus of actually, you know, traveling somewhere.
But I'm certainly not alone in my DST hangover. When the clock springs forward, losing that hour of sleep disrupts our circadian rhythm—the 24-hour cycle our body biologically follows. As a result, our normal sleep patterns are disrupted far more than they are when we set the clocks back in the fall since we're instinctually much more inclined to sleep an extra hour than lose one. (Surprise, surprise.)
This isn't conjecture: The impact of daylight saving time is so great that studies actually show there's an increased risk of stroke and heart attacks in the hours after we reset our clocks. Yikes!
For most of us, however, it's more likely to translate to fatigue and a lack of focus—the usual symptoms of disrupted sleep. "We've discovered that people have about 40 minutes less sleep," Christopher Barnes, an associate professor at the University of Washington, told CNN. "Because we're already short on sleep to begin with, the effects of even 40 minutes are noticeable."
Aside from maybe turning in a little early tonight, our best advice is just to remember that like all Mondays, this too shall pass.
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