Just when you think you recovered from the end of daylight saving time (DST) last fall and adjusted to the shorter days and longer nights, you realize the springtime change is upon us. We set our clocks forward one hour this Sunday, March 11.
“The time change can be a tough change for both children and adults,” said Antoinette Williams Rutherford, M.D., sleep medicine physician with Palmetto Health-USC Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine.
She added, “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. 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 it reads on your watch.”
Williams Rutherford says there are things you can do to help how the time change affects your personal health, sleep habits and lifestyle. She provides these 10 tips to help improve your sleep as you adjust.
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