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Sleeping is never the same after Daylight Savings Time, experts say

Posted at 6:34 AM, Apr 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-18 07:55:06-04

WACO, TX — Sleeping can be a little more difficult after we spring forward an hour. It usually takes your body a week to fully adjust to the time change.

The National Sleep Foundation describes it as a mini jet lag, and that jet lag can be worse if you aren't giving your body the sleep it needs.

Our body has something in our DNA called the circadian rhythm. It is our internal clock that keeps us in sync with the 24-hour day. Sunlight, darkness and when we eat helps our circadian rhythm understand when to sleep and wake up.

"It also effects things like the way that we metabolize sugars and fats and the way that our blood pressure is tied to the circadian rhythm so these factors are also effected," said Dr. Chris Matlock, Medical Director for the Sleep Lab Ascension Providence.

The National Sleep Foundation conducted a study asking participants how many times they get a good night sleep on average. Forty-two percent of people said they get a good nights sleep while 35 percent said they get a few good nights of sleep a week.

The numbers decrease as only 10 percent say they are rarely getting a restful night or only a few nights a month. Three percent say they never get a good nights sleep.

If you still feel like you aren't adjusted to the new time or you aren't getting enough sleep try these tips:

  • Sleep in a cool, dark and quiet room. All these things will help your body relax and fall asleep faster.
  • Don't watch television, play on your phone, tablet or computer right before going to bed. The light from them will trick your mind into thinking its day time.

"Caffeine and alcohol, evening exercise can delay your ability to fall asleep and so you want to limit those as you approach that time change," Matlock said.

For more information on getting a better nights sleep visit the National Sleep foundation website.