Don’t forget to ‘spring forward’ into Daylight Saving Time

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Spring may not be in the air, but at least it’s on the clocks.

Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour as we “spring forward” into Daylight Saving Time at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 9.

Daylight Saving Time has its perks, and its downfalls. An extra hour of daylight comes at the cost of losing an hour of sleep. Dr. Akshay Mahadevia, the founder of the Sleep Disorder Center at Genesis, said the change affects everybody differently.

“People who are young and healthy, don’t even care when there’s a one hour change,” said Dr. Mahadevia. “But people who have sleep disorders will see a significant impact.”

Michelle Manternach who works at the Sleep Disorder Center suffers from sleep apnea. She said it can take time for our bodies to adjust to a new sleep schedule.

“We are used to having our brains tell us when we should go to sleep and when we should wake up…it’s hard to retrain your brain to do something else,” said Manternach.

To help adjust to the change, some try going to sleep 15 minutes earlier each night a few days before Daylight Saving Time begins.

A report by WebMD suggested creating calming rituals before bedtime and monitoring your light exposure to help adapt more quickly to the one-hour time change. Calming rituals are whatever relaxes you, like taking a hot bath. According to the report, allowing exposure to light during the waking hours and avoiding bright light when it’s dark outside can also help the adjustment.

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