What does losing an hour's sleep mean?

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Article Posted: 
26/09/2016

In participating Australian states, Day Light Saving Time starts October 2, 2016 at 2am, when the clocks are wound forward one hour. Effectively, this means an hour of daylight is moved from the morning to create those wonderful, long summer evenings. Perfect for those who love them, however for those who cherish their sleep, it means one whole hour less of dreamtime.

An hour may seem like a small thing, but the shift to daylight saving time can result in a decrease in both the length and quality of sleep. Poor sleep affects performance, concentration and memory. Sleep-deprived individuals may also experience fatigue and daytime sleepiness. 

To minimise the effects of poor sleep that may be experienced each year with the transition to Day Light Saving Time, The National Sleep Foundation has the following suggestions

1.    Prioritize sleep so you can obtain the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep.
2.    Consider incrementally waking up earlier across the week so that you are prepared for the change. Advancing your wake-up time by 10 minutes per day, across the week will help to advance your sleep-wake cycle.
3.    Solidify the synchronization of your body clock with this new external clock by exposing yourself to light upon waking and engaging in exercise during day
4.    Help your body prepare for an earlier bedtime by ending meals at least two hours before bed, turn off electronics an hour before bed, and create a bedtime ritual to help you wind down and get your body ready for sleep.

In recent years, fire authorities around Australia recommend that households use the onset of Day Light Saving Time as a reminder to change the batteries in their smoke detectors.

https://sleep.org/articles/what-does-losing-an-hours-sleep-mean-to-you/

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