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Changing the clocks twice a year can’t be a great idea when so many of us barely get enough sleep as it is.

As long as we have to fall back this weekend anyway, let’s use that extra hour to ponder the impossible-to-overstate importance of getting a good night’s sleep. You could easily spend weeks scouring research on the link between poor sleep and poor health outcomes and still not get true appreciation for the vital role that uninterrupted shut-eye plays in our physical and mental well-being. Hell, spend one second looking at these anatomic scans of a sleep-deprived brain, and that could solidify the concept.

Beyond daylight saving, Calm’s survey contains some worrying revelations about people’s sleep habits. Over 40% of respondents said they slept less than six hours per night on average, and 18% said they slept less than five. Doctors typically recommend seven or more.

Just in time for daylight saving time, which ends Sunday, a new survey from meditation app Calm takes a broad look at sleep patterns in the United States and the U.K. to reveal how much—or how little—people are actually getting.

The findings are telling, with two-thirds of respondents saying they had difficultly adjusting to new time schedules after daylight saving time kicked in. Among those, 17% said it took them more than a week to get back to normal and another 7% said that their routines were “significantly” disrupted.

Read the complete Fast Company article BY CHRISTOPHER ZARA

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