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Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, but it could have impacts on your body

Posted at 5:23 PM, Nov 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-01 19:14:19-04

Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 3rd. Many are excited to turn the clocks backward, but it can have an impact on the body.

Paul Martino, an Associate Professor and Chair of Biology at Carthage College, said it's better to gain an hour of sleep than to lose one. Martino said losing an hour of sleep in the spring can impact your hormones, mood, and other physiological factors.

"Moving back in the fall is actually better than moving forward because of these things called circadian clocks. You have internal clocks in the body, and they respond to the amount of daylight and the amount of sleep," said Martino.

Paul said next week, it's normal for people to feel groggy because of the extra hour. To help your body adjust, he suggests getting an extra 10-15 minutes of direct morning sunlight and exercising in the morning.

"It's part of the natural process, and know if you're feeling a little bit off for 5-7 days, it might just be because we changed the clocks back," said Martino.