We are approaching that bittersweet time of year when we gain an hour of sunlight but lose an hour of sleep. At 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 9, most Americans will set their clocks ahead one hour as daylight saving time returns.
Losing sleep – even an hour – isn’t easy for an already sleep deprived nation. Day-to-day stress, anxiety, medications and busy schedules regularly impact night-time routines. But proper shut-eye is essential to overall health and quality of life. Lack of sleep can interfere with thinking, memory and judgment, and increase risk of illness.