Dr. Rachel: Daylight Saving Time

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - Spring forward and fall back, we know the drill! What does the time change do to your body? Dr. Rachel has the answer.

Dr. Rachel says that changing our clocks is both good and bad for our bodies. It can be good because we have the opportunity to get an extra hour of sleep, but it is bad because it will now get dark much earlier.

This change in daylight leads to more traffic accidents, according to emergency room reports. As the days get shorter, we experience less sunlight which can cause depression. For people with Seasonal Affective Disorder, this change can aggravate their symptoms.

Dr. Rachel says that with the fall back in time, some people stay up later but then do not sleep in the next morning, so they are actually losing sleep. Also, many people forget to change their clocks so they show up early for their events or activities on Sunday. By Monday everyone is usually back on track and on time.

Adults and older children usually adapt to the new sleep and wake times without any issues, but the change can be more difficult for younger children. This is because children's sleep schedules are related to their internal clock. Getting a young child to bed one hour earlier might be a challenge.

Dr. Rachel reminds us that kids are more likely to wake up an hour earlier, so be ready.

Don`t forget to move your clocks back Saturday night and enjoy that extra hour of sleep.