Published March 9, 2022
Springing forward into Daylight Saving Time can be quite jarring.
Amanda Hassinger, MD, MS provides tips on how you and your family can prepare for this change and be in a better position for the week ahead.
Dr. Hassinger is a sleep medicine physician with UBMD Pediatrics. She is also an associate professor at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo.
Daylight Saving Time (DST) is the practice of moving the clocks forward one hour in preparation for the summer months and then changing them back again in the fall.
Daylight Savings Time can throw people off their schedules and disrupt their circadian rhythm. By moving the clock up one hour, people are essnetially changing from a 24-hour day to a 23-hour day. As this happens overnight, without additional preparation, an hour of sleep can be lost.
Losing an hour of sleep can pose various side effects, including dangerous ones.