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Spring Ahead with More Spring in Your Step!

Last updated: Feb 26, 2020


Studies have shown that the annual ritual of turning clocks ahead (or back) can throw us out of rhythm, causing adverse effects on our health, sleep, and lifestyle. How well we adapt to these time changes depends on a variety of things, but there are a few simple actions we can take to help us adapt quicker.

Per SMG Pulmonologist and Sleep Disorders Center Specialist, Dr. Levin, “It can take the body up to a week or longer to adjust to a time change, but the closer you stick to your regular routine, the better your body will do.” Here are 5 tips from Dr. Levin to help you keep your rhythm come Daylight Saving Time (DST) on Sunday, March 8th through World Sleep Day on March 13 and beyond!

  1. Adjust your sleep time to go to bed about 20 minutes earlier for each of the three nights prior to the change to DST. You should make the same change for your children as well.
  2. Go outside for a walk on Sunday morning. The bright sunlight will help reset your internal clock and the morning exercise will be helpful as well.
  3. Avoid eating dinner or drinking alcohol too close to bedtime.
  4. Avoid taking naps late in the day.
  5. Don’t forget about your pets! Change their schedule (such as walking and feeding) gradually over the three days before and three days after the change to DST.

 

Oh – and it will be especially helpful to remember to set your clocks
forward one hour on March 8!

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