Tips to Help Adjust to Daylight Savings Time

This Sunday we move the clock ahead one hour and lose an hour of sleep which means Monday morning will be a groggy one.  Spring forward, Fall back. Personally, I like the “Fall back” when I get an extra hour of sleep! Changing the clocks is easy but getting our bodies to adjust to daylight savings time is another story.Asheville sleep apnea dentist Dr. John Highsmith offers tips for adjusting to daylight savings time.

Here are some tips for adjusting to this change that might make the adjustment a little easier:

  • Don’t nap before the time change
  • Get some sunlight as early in the morning as possible, this helps reset the internal body clock.
  • Eat dinner a little earlier than normal on the day of the time change.
  • Lower the light level in the evening and avoid “screen time” which means no iPad, computer or e-reader in the evening.
  • Go to bed a little earlier than normal. Try to get your kids to bed earlier as well, this will set the tone for the whole family.

Why do we mess with our clocks twice a year? Daylight savings time was first put into effect during World War I. Over the years several nations have used it at various times. Most of the US has used daylight savings time since the  1950’s and 60’s but during the energy crisis of the 1970’s all of North America and Europe joined us using Daylight Savings Time. Most people think that the time change saves energy but in reality, the research on this is limited.

The good news is that most of us adjust to the time change in just a couple of days. Monday morning may be tough, but Tuesday and Wednesday will be easier. Even without the time change some people have sleep disorders that leave them sleepy and groggy every day. If this sounds like you then you should be checked for obstructive sleep apnea.

Find out about sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea by contacting Asheville sleep apnea dentist Dr. John Highsmith today at 828-627-9282.

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