(ABC News) — Turning our clocks back an hour. Daylight saving gets you an “extra” hour of precious sleep, but can’t help but throw off our circadian rhythm, the body’s internal clock.
If that leads to disrupted sleep, that means significant stress on the body because what happens in those eight hours a night affects nearly every system we have.
And nobody can dodge daylight saving.
But we can use the time before it happens to minimize its effect on our sleep patterns.
Good sleep habits and getting enough rest today and tomorrow will help your body can acclimate better to the change.
Lower the lights, turn off the TV and devices, and trick yourself into going to bed a half hour later two nights in a row, and set your alarm for 15 minutes more sleep both mornings.
Additionally, remember this: daylight saving time in the fall, means people will be spending more of their waking hours in the dark.
That can mean more traffic accidents and the lack of daylight leads to some to seasonal effective disorder.
A type of depression related to winter darkness.
There are treatments for it, mostly sitting in front of bright lights in the morning.
But if you know you get seasonal blues, do something about it.
And remember, we’ll all spring forward again in a few months.