WINNIPEG – Did you get an extra hour of sleep last night or did you stay up an hour later?
The clocks go back an hour as Daylight Saving Time ends, and even though it’s the good time change, it’ll take a little adjusting.
U of M sleep expert Diana McMillan tells 680 CJOB, in general we are a sleep-deprived society.
“Terribly sleep-deprived, across all ages. We could really use that extra hour. But what we find is that we don’t usually make good on that opportunity.
She says if you don’t get enough sleep on a regular basis, you create a sleep debt, which is not easily overcome.
“You can reduce that debt by sleeping a little bit longer, but you can’t make it up all in one day. You need regular sleep and regular good, quality sleep on a daily basis.”
McMillan warns there’s often more car crashes the night we move the clocks back because people try to stay out longer and are too tired to drive.