Topsy Turvy World Of Daylight Saving Time Returns

The arrival of daylight saving time this weekend means more time for yard work or evening barbecues, but it also means that some sleepy day at work and also a little crankiness.

This year will watch an hour to 2 am on Sunday, 9 March. That the lost hours of sleep should not cause any long-term danger to health, but it can take a certain amount of time adjustment, said Beth Malow, MD, associate professor of neurology and medical director of the Vanderbilt Sleep Disorders Center.

"Even if we try to go to bed earlier to compensate," said Malow, "our schedules are turned off, so that some of us are a little crankier the next day. It is the nature, like to travel and jet lag. "

Your body will be up for lost time in a few days, so be patient until you set Malow says.

And you should get plenty of sleep from now until Sunday, because if you are well rested you better prepared to deal with the switch, she adds. The fact that the seven to eight hours per night for most adults, and more for the children.

Feel free to take a nap on a Sunday afternoon, if you feel that you need it, but they are not a few winks too close to your typical bedtime, Malow said.

"The important thing to remember is that after a few days, will smooth out, so do not worry too much about him," she said.

How many parents know, kids get to sleep on time is difficult, even if the time is not bouncing around. It is important that your child is a regular bed and nap times as daylight-saving time arrives, said Jaime Bonilla, managing director of Vanderbilt's Sleep Disorders Center.

"It should make a difference, for a few days, as children adjust to the new routine of" sleep hygiene, "said Bonilla.

It can help their sleeping time by 15 minutes or so every day, starting now, instead of changing it to a full hour on Sunday night before a school day.

"If minor changes before the time change, it's better "said Malow.

But if you find that you or your children are sleepy during the day, ask your doctor for a referral to a sleep specialist physician. many sleep disorders are treatable.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

D-3237A Medical Center North

Nashville, TN 37232-2390

United States

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