Daylight Savings affects sleep patterns

By Whitney Grunder - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE)- Sunday morning is daylight savings, and we can all look forward to turning back our clocks and getting an extra hour of sleep. But health experts say even with the extra hour, people can awake feeling more tired than usual. Sleep technicians say the best way to get past this is to start your bedtime routine an hour earlier.

"Sleep hygiene is the biggest thing to get adequate sleep. Get in a regular routine," said sleep technician at Memorial Hospital Mary Jennifer. She says it's also important to avoid distractions which prevent your body from getting the rest that it needs.

"Don't turn the TV on. Don't turn the computer on. Anything with light is going to stimulate your brain to be awake."

Jennifer says you should feel back to normal after one to two weeks, but if you continue to feel abnormally tired, you should talk with your doctor to find out if you have a more serious sleeping condition.

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