Daylight Saving Time Could Be Especially Hard This Year Due To Covid-19 Sleep Loss

The clocks “sprang forward” across much of the U.S. yesterday morning (March 14th) for Daylight Saving Time, and if you’re having a tougher time adjusting than usual, you’re not alone. Over the past year, sleep has been affected by many factors related to the pandemic, including anxiety, inconsistent schedules, and increased screen time.

Even before the pandemic many Americans got less than the recommended seven hours of sleep per night, and many researchers were already concerned about the twice-a-year time change’s effects on our health. Sleep has been proven to affect every aspect of our health, and getting too little is detrimental. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine even recommends that we get rid of Daylight Saving Time, and simply stick with a national year-round standard. The group says this is a better way to align with our natural circadian clock and minimize health and safety risks.  (Yahoo