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Salisbury Health Expert Talks About Effects of Time Change on People


SALISBURY, Md.-It's that time again, are you willing to give up day light for an extra hour of sleep? Daylight Saving time ends this weekend meaning "falling back" to standard time this weekend. 

"I hate the time change," said Teresa Wilkins who was getting her watch fixed at a clock repair shop in Salisbury on Friday.

Wilkins said she'd rather forget about the extra hour of sleep because she wants time to enjoy more sunlight.

"There is no time to do anything," Wilkins said, "you get up in the dark and you come home in the dark from work."

Dr.Brandye Nobiling, who is a health education expert with Salisbury University said that change in time and change into the winter season can actually zap some of us of our own energy.

"Losing that one hour of daylight can create hormone changes," Nobiling explained, "and so an increase in hormones will make us sleepier. We do see a possible connection with Seasonal Affective Disorder. We want to be cooped inside we don't want to be as social and then especially in our climate it gets cold concurrently with the fall back so it's cold, it's darker and there are definitely societal impacts."

Mac Baldwin said that he likes being able to sleep in one extra hour, but said that  darkness coming early isn't for him.

"You inherently are used to your daily schedule and it takes a while to acclimate," Baldwin said, "I guess I will just have to nap through it and see what happens on the back end."


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