Adjusting to Time Change

by Emily Baird on March 17, 2010 at 4:51 am

Most of us are still getting used to Sunday’s time change. It’s an hour darker in the morning but an hour lighter at night, and it’s a change that Dr. Vicki Whitacre says can really mess with your body’s internal clock.

"You’re used to going to bed at a certain time, we would hope, and getting up at a certain time. (Now we) know that’s an hour off, " says Whitacre.

It can especially be an adjustment for babies, who don’t really have the concept of light and dark yet, and they may be taking their morning naps later in the day.

Yet, there are some things you can do to help you adjust to the time change.

"Try to get up at the same time so that you’re not sleeping in and then still prolonging the agony, so to speak, of that hour change, " says Whitacre.

You can also try going to bed 15 minutes earlier every night this week to help you catch up on sleep.

Whitacre says most of us should be back on schedule by the end of the week.