COLUMBIA CITY — Eight years into Indiana joining the rest of the U.S. in Daylight Savings Time (DST), some Whitley County residents still disagree with the decision, and were feeling the effects of losing an hour of sleep this weekend.
“I hate this time change,” Cindy Myers posted on The Post & Mail’s Facebook page. “I wish they could leave it the other way. I am an early to bed, early to rise person and on the farm I always loved getting up with the sun up.”
Though DST only robbed residents of one hour of sleep, experts say the effects can be drastic on people who are already sleep-deprived.
“I could use a nap right now,” said Jan Sroufe Monday afternoon.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. However, nearly a third of U.S. adults get less than 7 hours of sleep on average.
The hour loss of sleep can worsen existing sleep deprivation, causing irritability, mood changes and daytime drowsiness, possibly impairing work performance and driving ability.
Catching up on sleep with daytime naps or sleeping more on days off from work is a poor substitute for undisturbed nighttime sleep, studies show.
Chris Holbrook, of Whitley County, feels residents should be used to the time change by now.
“We’ve been dealing with this since 2006,” Holbrook said on The Post & Mail’s Facebook page. “People are never happy with the change. When time ‘falls back’ in the fall people complain because the kits are standing at the bus stop when its dark, or they have to drive to work in the dark.”
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