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Daylight Saving Time's End Adds Hour Of Sleep, But Also More Darkness And Traffic Hazards

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) - Ready or not, daylight saving time comes to an end this weekend.

As we turn the clocks back an hour Sunday morning at 2 a.m., there seems to be two schools of thought on the annual fall rite: One camp likes the extra hour of sleep, while those in the other bemoans the earlier hour of darkness.

And the recent spate of September-like weather in October makes the thought less daylight an even harder pill to swallow for some.

"I don't really like it," said Harrison Grabmayer of Lexington. "It's weird how it gets dark so early. And ... it makes me more tired at night."

Matthew Brown of Lexington, however, said he appreciates the extra hour of sleep.

"When you gain an hour of sleep, you wake up in the morning and you just feel better about yourself, you can go about your day a little bit better," said Brown. "I think everyone's a fan of being well-rested."

But like it or loathe it, those clocks are going backward early Sunday morning. To ease the change, there are a few measures you can take to help your internal clock manage the adjustment. Experts recommend taking action now by beginning to shift your sleep pattern, even if it's staying up just 15 minutes later than normal.

"Yeah, I'll probably go to bed, probably later, just cause I get to sleep an extra hour," said Spencer Quesenberry.

The time change also can bring some less expected problems. Drivers need to watch for more deer in the roadways during evening hours. And there's a big surge in sleepy drivers not long after getting the extra hour of sleep due in part to hitting the road later in the day. Another road hazard associated with less light, researchers have noted a spike in pedestrian-involved accidents after daylight saving time ends, though they say it is short-lived as drivers acclimate to the change in a matter of weeks.

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