Experts offer tips for taking advantage of daylight saving time

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With daylight saving time set for Sunday morning, UT experts at the are encouraging people to take advantage of the extra hour.

Daylight saving time ends at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 1. Winding back clocks by one hour results in an extra hour of the day.

Subimal Datta, UT professor of psychology, notes that contrary to popular belief, doesn't always result in people getting an extra hour of .

"It might give people a psychological boost the first day or week. But the potential benefits are nullified thereafter because people begin delaying their , which cancels out the advantage," said Datta. "Physiologically, it doesn't work in the end."

Most people use this extra hour not as a way to catch up on sleep but as an excuse to stay up later, and thus get the same amount of sleep as normal. Going to bed at the same time as usual will allow people to properly gain the hour instead of letting it go to waste.

"So many people are operating on a sleep deficit that is detrimental to their performance and well-being," said Jeffrey Fairbrother, interim head of the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies.

Experts in the department are encouraging to use the extra hour to their advantage. Whether you use the extra time to catch up on some z's or to burn off calories from Halloween candy, plan to do something that promotes health and wellness.

"Don't waste your extra hour," said Fairbrother. "Going to bed at your usual time will give you an extra hour on Sunday that you can use to sleep later, go for a walk or exercise, or do something else that is good for you."


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Oct 30, 2015
Here's my advice: ignore there was any daylight saving time change and go to sleep the same time as before.

Nov 03, 2015
Depends on the temperature. The temperature effects sleeping more than time, IMO.

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