What are Daylight Saving Time’s Effects on the Body

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We’ll be gaining an hour of sleep in just a few days, but that extra hour of sleep doesn’t do what you think it does for your body.

Pulmonologists at SwedishAmerican Health System say an extra hour of sleep can actually slow you down.  They say the change in your sleeping schedule can lead to a form of jet-lag and confusion that can last up to a few days for adults, and sometimes up to a week for children. 

It’s all due to the Circadian Rhythm, our biological clock, which is less adaptable in children.  However, one pulmonologist says there’s an easy way to get your body back on track.  

Suraj Bopanna, a Pulmonologist at Swedish American said, “Light is the biggest stimulant for a biological clock.  So what we could do in the evenings, we can turn all the lights on, work with the dimmer lights.  Keep it on for a longer duration, keep it brighter, so that way our biological clock re-adjusts itself.”

Other suggestions are exercising during the day and spending time outdoors in sunlight.  Remember that clocks will be changing back an hour this Saturday night into Sunday.

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