Ngebray.com,- Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday. What does losing an hour of sleep do to your body?
- Your circadian rhythm is thrown off
Thanks to circadian rhythms, the body begins secreting melatonin, a sleep-promoting hormone, around 9 p.m. with levels dropping way off by the next morning. The boy relies on consistent sleep and wakefulness cues so when they’re altered, even by an hour, circadian rhythm is affected and your sleep gets misaligned.
- Lost sleep directly affects your health
Research has shown that losing an hour of sleep may cause you to eat 200 more calories the next day primarily from fat-and carbohydrate-heavy foods.
- How can you minimize the impact?
Before the event occurs, try going to bed and rising 15 minutes earlier than you normally would. Then, continue to shave off an additional 15 minutes each night leading up to the time change. By the time DST rolls around, you’ll be more or less acclimated to the adjusted time.
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