What one less hour of sleep can do to your health

(WTNH) — Everyone values their sleep. The though of losing an hour of it come the end of Daylight Saving may have you tossing and turning. Dr. Imran Ali of Bridgeport Hospital explains ways less sleep can impact your health.

So We are Going to Push The Clocks Forward An Hour, We Will Lose an Hour of Sleep , Does It Make a Difference?

It does make a difference especially in the first week. According to a study in the New England Journal where it was noted that most traffic accidents occur. When we push forward the clock we do lose an hour, but in most instances it is just actually just about 40 minutes taking into account other factors like how long it takes us to fall asleep. The big factor that influences our sleep or circadian rhythms is sunlight and way before we started living in artificial light, our own internal biological clocks dictated when we sleep and when we wake up. It does make a difference because sleep affects our mood and also can affect our immune systems.

How Much Sleep Do We Need And Why?

That National Sleep Foundation has some rough estimates on how many hours approximately the average person needs and it varies with age. Adults need at least 7 hours of sleep but some may need up to 9 hours. As you age you tend to sleep a little less. Kids and Teenagers need on average 8 to 10 hours. Sleep is important because not only in allowing our bodies to simply rest, important hormones like growth hormone rise along with Cortisol levels that are normally low during regular sleep. In sleep deprivation cortisol is not regulated and it can increase insulin resistance which is a risk factor for diabetes.

Any Tips on How To Cope with The End of Daylight Saving?

The adverse effects of pushing the clocks ahead often are seen about 48 hours afterward so there are a few tricks you can do to help normalize your biological clock. Using some natural sunlight can help to reset your natural clock. You can wake up early on Saturday and get some sunlight. On Sunday, wake up about 1/2 hour later by the new time (that would still be 1/2 hour earlier by your biological clock) and again, get some sunlight.

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