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Daylight savings sleep

Daylight saving time ends this weekend.  Which means we set our clocks back one hour before bed Saturday night.  Allowing us an extra hour of sleep.

Sadly, the benefit doesn't last long.

The CDC refers to insufficient sleep as a "public health epidemic".

This Sunday morning though -- a gift!  An extra hour of sleep, thanks to the end of daylight saving time.

Dr. Meena Khan is a sleep expert at Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center.

She says the benefit of that extra hour only lasts a day or two.

"Typically one or two days of catch-up is not enough to really replenish the sleep loss during the week." says Dr. Khan.

Dr. Khan says light is the biggest deterrent to sleep and recommends making the bedroom as dark as possible. 

Most sleep experts say adults should try to get about 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night.