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For much of the U.S. and many places around the world, daylight saving time comes to an end on Sunday, Nov. 7, when clocks are turned backward one hour to local standard time. This small change can have a big effect on your sleep and your health.
Sleep provides the foundation for all your daily habits and decisions. Getting at least seven hours of quality rest each night is essential for optimal health.
Sleeping less than seven hours a night is associated with weight gain, diabetes, high blood pressure and depression. Lack of sleep also can affect your immune system and your heart health.
Similar to the effects of jet lag on your system, setting your clock back an hour for daylight saving time can take a toll on your sleep because your internal clock keeps on ticking, regardless of time zone or daylight saving time. This internal clock, or circadian rhythm, is influenced by exposure to sunlight, among other factors.
Whether due to daylight saving time adjustments or traveling across time zones, here are four things you can do to prepare for sleep changes:
Connect with others and share your tips for better sleep in the Sleep Health support group on Mayo Clinic Connect, an online patient community moderated by Mayo Clinic.
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