UNION COUNTY — Feeling tired because you don’t get enough sleep? Well Saturday night will be your chance to get an extra hour of sleep but only if you remember to set your clock back one hour.
Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday at 2 a.m. and that means that before it rolls around you need to set your clocks and watches back one hour. By doing so you’ll gain an extra hour to stay up late or, better yet, get some extra — and, in all likelihood, much needed — sleep.
Much needed because, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a third of Americans are not getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep needed each night. That lack of sleep can have disastrous and even fatal consequences.
According to a recent article by the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, there are “more than than 250,000 on-the-job accidents each year” due to sleep-deprived workers. Furthermore, motorists on the interstates that traverse the Upstate are at greater risk from a sleep-deprived driver than a drunk one.
In addition, the SRHS reports that persons who are sleep-deprived are at greater risk for chronic health conditions such as hypertension, heart disease and stroke. The article further states that the “prevalence of heart attack and stroke is higher after the ‘spring forward’ period” of the year when Daylight Savings Time resumes and people lose an hour of sleep.
The article quotes Shari Angel Newman, RST, CSE, RPSGT, registered sleep technologist and clinical manager of the Spartanburg Regional Sleep Services, who says that “Falling back is considered a blessing for most. It’s a time to return to normal, to get us back to where nature intended us to be.”
So this Saturday, get back to where nature intended you to be, set your clocks and watches back one hour, go to bed and get that extra hour of much-needed sleep so you can get up bright and early Sunday morning, refreshed, rested and ready to go to church.
If, however, you find yourself having trouble sleeping due to the time change and/or are already having trouble, contact Spartanburg Regional Sleep Services at 864-529-3465.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.