COVID affecting sleep habits ahead of Daylight Saving Time

We've made it around the calendar so it's time again to reset your clocks

ROCHESTER, Minn (WKBT) – We’ve made it around the calendar so it’s time again to reset your clocks.

Even if COVID wasn’t keeping you awake, Daylight Saving Time may change that.

People’s sleep patterns may have changed during the pandemic due to worry and stress.

This weekend we could see some of these effects compounded with the addition of Daylight Saving Time.

“I think one of the issues that makes adjusting to daylight savings time so challenging, is that most of us are already at least somewhat sleep-deprived. And so when we have to then shave off an additional hour from our sleep, we just don’t have that reservoir or that gas tank we can draw upon, and so, as a result, we feel tired and less productive,” said Dr. Melissa Lipford, a Sleep Specialist with Mayo Clinic.

If you are having trouble adjusting, health officials suggest a light nap may help you feel better.