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Get Ready to “Fall Back” This Weekend

by Jeffrey P. Barasch, M.D., FACCP, FAASM, Medical Director, The Center for Sleep Medicine, The Valley Hospital

Posted on November 1, 2016

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. this Sunday, which means setting our clocks back an hour and — for many of us — enjoying an extra hour of sleep. Thanks to that extra hour, "falling back" isn't as disruptive to our bodies as "springing forward." Our circadian rhythms, or our bodies' natural biologic clocks, can usually adjust quickly to the additional hour. Because the biologic clock is slightly longer than 24 hours, it is usually much easier to sleep an hour later than to get up an hour earlier.  
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Tags: daylight, sleep

How Much Sleep Do You Really Need and What Happens When You Don’t Get Enough?

by Jeffrey P. Barasch, M.D., FACCP, FAASM, Medical Director, The Valley Hospital Center for Sleep Medicine

Posted on March 1, 2016

Every March, we are all faced with the arrival of Daylight Saving Time and its impact on our circadian rhythms, i.e. our sleep-wake pattern.  The 1 hour shift in time can even temporarily disrupt our ability to fall asleep at night and to wake up in the morning.  We not only lose an hour of sleep, but the time change disrupts the body’s biological clock and circadian rhythm.  The effect is the same as jetlag in plane travel, in which our bodies remain on the prior schedule for a period of time.  
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