Turning Back The Clock Messes Up Your Hormones, Sleep, Memory

(Denise Dador, KABC) As we turn our clocks back and daylight savings comes to an end, many of us focus on the extra hour of sleep.

Sleep loss associated with the end of daylight savings time may lead to fatigue, lack of concentration, memory issues, and lack of performance at work.

But is this “fall back” thing good for our health?

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Studies show we have more trouble falling asleep, are more likely to wake up during the night, and many wake up earlier.

Neurologist Dr. Armen Cherik says our internal body clocks are tuned to the daily cycle of light and darkness. When you mess with that, hormone levels need time to transition.

“It can give you fatigue, lack of concentration, memory issues, and lack of performance at work,” Cherik said.

Some studies suggest the time change can lead to depressed mood, increased blood pressure, and overeating.

To make a healthy adjustment to the time change, Cherik maximizing your exposure to natural light and exercising at the same time every day.

Experts say your body will catch up – until we change our clocks again in the spring and start the whole disruptive process over again.

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