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Time change affects sleep and mood among Imperial Valley residents

Lack of sleep can cause accidents on the road - News 11's Wiley Jawhary reports

EL CENTRO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - The U.S. Senate approved a bill today that would make daylight saving time permanent. If passed in the House and signed by President Biden, Americans would never have to mess with their clocks in the Fall ever again.

Heavy reaction coming from Valley residents but daylight saving time has been in place in nearly the entire country since the 1960s, however, that might change come 2023.

Residents across the Imperial Valley are trying to adjust their sleeping schedules after the clock went forward an hour.

Daylight savings was on Sunday morning. Some valley residents are struggling to make sure they don't lose much sleep.

Dr. Brian Tyson with All Valley Care in El Centro says one thing residents can do is be disciplined by planning ahead.

"With spring forward, what you want to do is go to bed 15 minutes earlier per day for five to six days before the time change, that will allow your body to adjust more easily," he said.

According to studies, in America, 70% of adults report they obtain insufficient sleep at least one night a month and 11% report a lack of sleep every night.

Dr. Patrick Wolcott is a sleep medicine specialist in Imperial County. He says exercise can combat an inconsistent sleep schedule and the adverse health effects it can have.

“Start slow, build up over time to something that is more vigorous, maybe 30 minutes to 60 minutes would be optimal, per day,” he said.

Arizona is one of two states that doesn’t observe daylight saving time so Yuma residents if this goes through, you still won't have to change a thing and the rest of us can enjoy an extra hour of sunlight for good.

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