Fall back, then Spring ahead--and we did. Daylight Savings Time is on for 48 of our 50 states. Arizona and Hawaii don't play but it seems to me they have plenty of sunshine as it is! Most of the "risks" associated with daylight saving time occurs in the spring and so each year we talk about the debate of even doing it at all or doing it once and for all. You may have heard our conversations about the health and accident implications of our twice annual resetting the clock. And that's part of the problem because we are resetting not just the clock on the nightstand but our body's internal clock as well.
If this year's adjustment seems more difficult, it is because it is! During the 2020 pandemic our sleep has been affected by many factors related to our Current Covid Conditions - including anxiety, inconsistent schedules, increased screen time and lack of deep regular full length sleep.
That's why one of the topics we've talked about fairly often on The Morning News in recent times is SLEEP and how just how important it is to all aspects of good health including maintaining the strength of our immune system. In fact, people who fall short of the recommended seven hours are more likely to suffer from chronic health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma and depression.
"The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that we get rid of Daylight Saving Time, and simply stick with a national year-round standard. The group says this is a better way to align with our natural circadian clock and minimize health and safety risks."