Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed.
Daylight Savings Time beings Sunday morning at 2 a.m.
Dr. Charles Samuels the medical director, for the Centre for Sleep and Human Performance, told the Alberta Morning News that most of us aren’t getting enough sleep to begin with.
“Most North Americans walk around with a 5-10 hour per week sleep debt,” Samuels explained. “So when you add an hour on on the weekend, it really makes a difference for the following Monday. And sometimes it carries into the week, because people have just started the week off poorly with less sleep.”
Samuels said he thinks one hour less of sleep wouldn’t be that big of deal, if we got enough sleep throughout the week.
He added that one of the most important things to maintain is a circadian rhythm.
“The circadian rhythm is a biological clock that sits in the centre of the brain, and it’s set on a daily basis by exposure to light,” Samuels said. “So in Canada, as we move further north and have less exposure to the light in the winter months, our clocks don’t work as well.”
Lack of sleep can contribute to a number of health issues like diabetes, heart attack and stroke. (km)