COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) – Daylight Saving time began on Sunday and whether springing forward or falling back, time changes can disrupt your sleeping patterns.
Just when you get used to the long winter nights, clocks are set one hour ahead in spring, leaving some people feeling sleep deprived.
When Daylight saving time begins, health experts say it can take some time to get used to the change.
“The body feels like it’s losing. Maybe in actuality, maybe not. But the body is losing. It’s having to transition. It’s having to do something that it doesn’t normally do on day to day basis. So the body feels like it has lost an hour,” says Debbie Hughes at Baptist Memorial Hospital – Golden Triangle.
Studies show that heart attacks and traffic accidents increase after moving one hour ahead for Daylight savings time. But there are a few things you can do to help your body adjust.
“When we’re springing forward actually go to bed an hour earlier, that way you won’t lose that hour of sleep. Set your clock 15 minutes early. Start preparing to get up an hour earlier. Transition into it in 15 minute increments. That might help because losing an hour of sleep is harder to adjust to vs actually gaining an hour of sleep,” says Hughes.
Research also shows that exercise can help boost your energy after the forward time change.
So if you want to beat the Daylight Saving time blues, simply turn in a bit early or increase your work out time.