CHICAGO (CBS) — Clocks get turned back an hour this weekend, but not everyone will be taking advantage of it to get more sleep.
Rush University Medical Center sleep disorder expert Dr. James Wyatt said research indicates there are more traffic accidents on the Sunday after the fall time change, perhaps because of greater alcohol use, and people staying up a little later.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Rain Tapers Saturday Night, But More Scattered Showers Sunday
He suggested people instead use the time to catch up on some sleep, and get the extra hour of rest that’s right there for them. Wyatt said people need 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night, and this is one weekend they should take advantage of having an extra hour of time.
“From what we call our circadian rhythms, our brain’s 24-hour clock point of view, it is like one time zone of jet lag, both in the spring and in the fall,” he said. “For most people it takes one to two days to get over a time zone shift in jet lag, or Daylight Saving Time.”READ MORE: At Least 16 People Shot, 1 Killed In Gun Violence In Chicago This Weekend