This weekend, we set our clocks ahead one hour as we return to daylight saving time. It officially begins at 2 a.m. Sunday.
"Springing forward" will temporarily disrupt the sleep of millions of Americans. Most people need at least seven to eight hours of good sleep each night.
Professor at Emory University, Ann Rogers tells WSB Radio that the biggest thing you can do: “Go to bed as early as possible Saturday night.”
In addition to being just plain tired, lack of sleep can also pack on the pounds. “When you are sleep-deprived, your appetite regulated hormones aren't regulated, so you crave sweets and high fat foods,” Rogers explains.
A chronic sleep-restricted state can cause fatigue, daytime sleepiness, clumsiness and weight loss or weight gain.
It adversely affects the brain and cognitive function.
Rogers says, "A lot of people are trying to get by on six or six and half hours of sleep a night and they really can't. "
The main symptom of ongoing sleep loss is excessive daytime sleepiness, but other symptoms include:
- Depressed mood
- Difficulty learning new concepts
- Inability to concentrate or a "fuzzy" head
For more information from Emory Healthcare, click here.