Transcript for Why people are against turning clocks back
Now we're going to go to our "Gma" cover story. As we get ready to turn our clocks back, erielle reshef joins us with why there's a push to end the time change and how it impacts our health. Good morning, erielle. Reporter: Hey, good morning to you, Michael. I think all of us could use a little extra sleep about -- right about now, but some sleep experts say given the challenges of the pandemic, it's time to scrap that time change altogether. It's almost time again to turn back the clocks. But the end of daylyle saving time made more complicated this year with many parents working from home. Can you come make me lunch? Reporter: Millions of kids virtual learning? In the amp and early evening, just to have that extra light is really important for everybody. Reporter: The singer family of New York says the time change is one more major disruption. My daughter is affected because she goes to school in the dark and she comes home in the dark just like a lot of people are going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark. Reporter: The American academy of sleep medicine says shifting to and from daylight saving time has been associated with sleep disruption, mood distes and even increased risk of fatal crashes. This at a time when sleep issues, anxiety and depression are already on the rise during the pandemic. Now the academy recommending scrapping the seasonal time change altogether. Standard time is actually most in sync with our internal circumstance kadian rhythms. Why it's so important, lights give us cues and tell our body when to do certain things. Reporter: Some states like Arizona and Hawaii have kept the clocks the same year round. Citing the benefits of consistency and as the pandemic persists Florida senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott proposing a bill to do the same nationwide through November 2021. The singers say in the meantime, they plan to make the best of it trying to see the daylight at the end of the tunnel. I just try to keep it status quo and as long as parents don't make an issue about it, the kids won't feel it as much. Reporter: And experts say try to ease yourself and your kids into this time change so over the next couple of nights move bedtime by about 15 minutes later, you should be in better shape by Sunday. All right, thank you so much for that. Dr. Jen Ashton joining us now and, doc, I look at it on the surface, I'm excited about the extra hour of sleep. Sounds great but there can be real health consequences to this hour change. Yeah, there can, Michael. By the way, which was a resident and intern I wasn't too excited about having to work Ang era hour so it goes both ways, but there have been studies. There are reports in the medical literature. Recent study by the nih found 150,000 Americans have negative consequences to daylight saving time, anything from heart attack, stroke, accidents, change in the mood, remember, this is an association. It's all about that crossover between biology and social life and how it affects our circadian rhythms. How can people prepare themselves for the time change when it does come? Well, I think like erielle said, you know, you do it gradually. Ideally maybe the next time you start a month in advance, not just a couple of days, but then there are other things like getting more exposure to morning light which is really, really impo eating lightly, you know, heavy meals at any time of the day can kind of make those circumstance kadian rhythms more unbalanced. Minimizing our use of screen time or technical devices and then just awareness, being aware of changes in our mood. You know, this can really affect people and I think it's important not to dismiss those changes. If you have a light that mimics sunlight does that help? It can, that photo therapy, you know, but we have to remember these can really be medical devices, so people with moderate or severe symptoms shouldonsult a health care professional before using it. It can cause headaches and eye strain but absolutely can be otherwise, pick up those shades as soon as possible. Doc, sounds . Erielle said go to bed 15 minutes later, I'm going to bed an hour earlier. That's my plan. All right, doc, thank you so much.
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