Whether you are springing forward or falling back, the effects of changing the clocks by only an hour during daylight saving time can be noticeable. On Sunday, March 10, we will lose an hour of the day and that is often subtracted from time spent sleeping. If you’re already sleep deprived, giving up just one hour of sleep can negatively impact how you feel and function during the day.
“The time change can be a tough change for both children and adults,” said Antoinette Williams Rutherford, MD, a sleep medicine physician with Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group. “It’s hard. You’re going to lose an hour of sleep, and you’re going to be getting up an hour earlier as far as your body’s internal clock is concerned.”
However, there are things you can do to help how the changes affect your own personal health, sleep habits and lifestyle.
Williams Rutherford offers 10 tips to help improve your sleep as you adjust to daylight saving time.
Williams Rutherford said the time change can throw off your sleep, appetite, attention span and mood, among other things. Your internal clock is set by light and dark patterns, not by what time it reads on your watch.
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