Daylight Saving Time is Ending!

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Daylight Saving Time is Ending!

At 2:00 AM on Sunday, November 5, 2017, Daylight Saving Time (DST) ends. What will this mean for your sleep and health? Most people want to enjoy the “extra” hour of sleep, but, is it truly a good idea?

Instead of trying to grab that extra hour of sleep, enjoy waking an hour earlier. Starting to wake a bit earlier one or two days before the time change will help greatly with waking up more refreshed on that first Monday morning. If you have been thinking about altering your normal schedule, this is a perfect time to be the boss of your body clock.

If you normally have deprived sleep, then go ahead and enjoy that extra hour of sleep in the morning. Be sure to go to sleep an hour earlier than normal to ensure you do not become even more sleep deprived. Lack of sleep can lead to a weakened immune system making it easier to catch that first seasonal cold/flu. In addition to weakening your immune system, even the slightest disruption of normal sleep can trigger Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or winter depression.

One way of avoiding a rough transition is to use the REM-Fit® Sleep Monitor to be sure your sleep patterns are healthy. Being aware of your body’s rhythms and sleep patterns can lead to a more restful sleep over time.

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