Time Change Influences Sleeping Habits

By: Meteorologist Lauren Raymer Email
By: Meteorologist Lauren Raymer Email

The National Sleep Foundation revealed in a recent poll that Americans do not get enough sleep and the time change this weekend could make sleeping habits even worse.

The poll indicated that the average American sleeps for only 7 hours and 20 minutes a night. In fact, people sleep about 90 minutes less now than in the year 1900.

Dr. Westerfield, Medical Director at the Sleep Disorder Center in Lexington, says, " You create a sleep debt and you need to service that debt every day."

Daylight Savings Time has been occurring four weeks earlier since 2007 because of the Energy Policy Act. It passed in 2005 with the expectation it would help reduce energy usage in business and residential areas.

The time change will take place at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 8th and will end at 2 a.m. Sunday, November 1st.

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