This Sunday, nearly everyone in the U.S. will need to set back their clocks one hour as daylight saving time comes to an end. While this means an extra hour of sleep, surprisingly it can also take a toll on health.
An extra hour of sleep can be a welcome respite for many people. But it can also disrupt normal sleep patterns, which puts strain on the body.
The change in schedule can throw off the body’s internal clock, or circadian rhythm, Dr. Samuel Friedlander, assistant clinical professor of Sleep Medicine and Allergy Immunology at UH Cleveland Medical Center, said.