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What Daylight Savings time Can Do to Your Health

What Daylight Savings time Can Do to Your Health

CHICAGO (AP) — Brunch dates and flag football games might be a little easier to get to this Sunday, when phones grace early-risers with an extra hour of rest before alarm clocks go off.

The downside is that next week in the majority of the U.S. people will have to leave the office before the sun sets, which means they’ll be forced to go on errands, or even take a walk, while the darkness descends. On Nov. 5, daylight savings time will be over and standard time will take its place. This time period will last until the end of March.

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You don’t have to wait until midnight to get ready for the time shift that will occur early on Sunday morning, when 2 a.m. turns into 1 a.m. To prepare, turn back the clock on your microwave, car or other electronic device.

Fall Back

Besides scheduling stumbles and sleep habit disruptions, experts say the twice-yearly ritual can have more serious effects on human health.

Many Americans are already sleep-deprived, and a change in time messes with sleep schedules even more, says Dr. Phyllis Zee, a sleep researcher at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, although she says “falling back” and gaining an extra hour is generally easier on the body than “springing forward” and…

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