Rolling Back the Clocks Could Impact Your Health

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Arkansans are waking up with one less hour of sleep and it could be coming at a cost.

The change, which costs millions of Americans some sleep, effectively moves an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening.

Losing an hour of sleep may do more than just make you feel groggy, it could have impacts on both your physical and mental health.

Daylight saving time transitions often lead to disrupted sleep cycles. 

“A lot of people who are already struggling in that arena and already have trouble sleeping losing, losing an hour of sleep on top of that, it does compound that issue a bit,” said Psychotherapist Megan Werner.

Werner said when springing forward, the body needs to adjust to going to sleep earlier, which may leave people restless at night and cause sleepiness the next day.

“Especially the first week or so people do tend to be a little more agitated because they are adjusting, work time stays the same and school time stays the same,” Werner said. 

Sleep disturbances can lead to mood disruptions and increase your irritability and may be harder for children to adjust than adults

“For kids who live on a schedule, if you have multiple nap times a day or even one nap time. Going to bed at a certain time, it does affect them and they do get a little more cranky,” Werner said.

Rolling back an hour can also affect memory, performance and concentration levels, but its not all bad news. 

For people who suffer from a seasonal affective disorder, getting more sunlight could mean an improved mood.

“Back in November people can experience more seasonal affective disorder, people can experience more depression when it’s darker outside. People defiantly pep up a little bit more this time of year with getting a little more daylight and a little more energy,” Werner said.

Even though setting your clock ahead one hour brings more sunshine to your day, it could also come at a cost for your heart.

One study showed losing that hour of sleep leads to a 25 percent uptick in heart attacks. 

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