TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - If you're like me, you're probably wondering why you're more tired than usual today.
The extra hour of sleep you got this weekend from falling back should have given you more rest; but it's not that simple.
"Anything that changes the amount of light you're exposed to, even by an hour can affect your sleep patterns," said John Bollinger, Chief Medical Officer at Union Hospital.
Everyone's body has an internal clock, called a circadian rhythm.
This clock was put off when the sun rose extra early today.
However, there are things you can do to get it ticking properly again.
One of the things you can do to help your sleep pattern is to simply follow the sun. Wake up when it's light and go to bed when it gets dark.
"People who have trouble sleeping at night should probably start getting the rooms darkened, get themselves in some pattern of preparing for sleep," said Bollinger. "Instead of being in extremely bright light, turning them off, and expecting to go to sleep right away."
Something else that will help is staying away from the caffeine late in the day. There's nothing wrong with the cup of joe after breakfast, but having it late at night will only keep you up late.
This will lead to less sleep, and more importantly a less productive morning after.
"They can affect your level of alertness, they can affect your memory, long term exposure can actually affect your health," said Bollinger.
These health affects can include weight gain and even a higher risk of having a stroke.
So whether it's daylight saving time, or that holiday trip to another time zone, give your body a break and some time to get adjusted.
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