This weekend, we switch to daylight saving time, and for many of us losing one hour of sleep can be a difficult adjustment. In order to better cope with the time change, doctors have put together some helpful tips to smooth out the transition.
Dr. Yosef Krespi, director of the Center for Sleep Disorders at Lenox Hill Hospital, said, “It’s well known that a small shift in time can have an impact on our body clock and our health, and the time change may cause sleepiness and fatigue. When time shifts, remember your body has a clock, too.”
Although the time change isn’t as greatly felt in younger, healthier individuals, those of older age or with health conditions may feel the effects of springing ahead much more. Dr. Krespi added, “Individuals with pre-existing sleep conditions such as insomnia or sleep apnea will have even more difficulties in adjusting to the change. The impacts of Daylight Saving Time are likely related to our body’s internal circadian rhythm, the molecular cycles that regulate our brain when we feel awake and when we feel sleepy.”
These tips will better help you adjust to daylight saving time and avoid health complications.