The day is quickly arriving that those of us who like to sleep in, dread:
Daylight Savings Time.
Next Sunday, March 10, Daylight Savings Time begins. And, with that one-hour advance of the clocks, arrives a Monday morning that can feel extra-sluggish from the weekend's lost hour of sleep.
Dr. Michael J. Breus notes at WebMD.com that, in general, "losing" an hour in the spring is more difficult to adjust to than "gaining" an hour in the fall. But he has some suggestions for getting our internal clock back in sync:
u If you're already short on sleep, this will be an especially tough time. So cut back on caffeine and alcohol beforehand, as they can interfere with sleep quality.
v Light is your circadian rhythm's principle environmental clue. Expose yourself to the light during waking hours as much as possible, and do not expose yourself to bright light at night.
w Try to get in the habit, especially this week before DST, of going to bed at the same time and rising at the same time every day.
-- Jennifer Kopf