Millions of Americans welcomed an extra hour of sleep this past weekend as they turn back their clocks for the end of Daylight Savings Time. But the time change may take a toll on health in a number of ways. Changing to daylight saving time may give people an hour less more of sunlight, but it appears that their internal body clocks never really adjusts to the change, German researchers report. In fact, daylight saving time can cause a significant seasonal disruption that might have other effects on our bodies.
If you’ve changed your clock this March to compensate for Daylight Savings Time, did you notice a change in your sleep patterns? Research has shown that it won’t have much effect on your health other than making you a bit groggy. But, if you lose too much sleep, your immune system suffers, and you’re more susceptible to colds and viral infections. In the following 25 research studies that focus on sleep and your health, you’ll learn why napping is good — sometimes — and why a steady sleep pattern is best for your health.