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Losing sleep can mean serious consequences

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Some experts think we should set our clocks an hour forward on Saturday morning as opposed to Sunday in order to have a little more time to get used to the new sleep cycle before Monday.

Carilion Clinic Sleep Specialist Dr. William Elias says, "Your Monday morning drive to work might be better."

Even though it is Wednesday some people may be still feeling the effects of losing that one hour.

Dr. Elias says, "I think that emphasizes that there are more poor sleepers in America now than there used to be."

Daylight Saving Time typically takes two or three days to recover from.  More importantly than losing that one hour of sleep is the regular sleep deprivation so many people suffer from.

Dr. Elias explains, "I think it is hurting them a lot more than they realize.  Chronic sleep deprivation is beginning to show up in terms of eating disorders and cardiovascular disorders.  Other problems include sleepiness, inattentive concentration,  and safety on the highway."

So even when it feels like time is leaving you behind, Dr. Elias says try to slow down and make time to get the rest our bodies need.

We should try to get about 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night.

Link to more information about getting good rest from the National Sleep Foundation.


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